Latin America Picks Palestine


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But Iran has been investing heavily in Latin America, establishing strong trading relationships with countries there. Iran, in cooperation with Venezuela, have coordinated diplomatic efforts, and Iran’s Lebanese terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, has been implicated in the Latin American drug trade. Involvement in the smuggling of drugs not only runs counter to American efforts to crush the drug trade and foster good governance in the region, but also provides funds necessary to build Hezbollah’s strength as Iran’s second-strike weapon, aimed at Israel. Meanwhile, even as Iranian diplomacy has been earning it friends and diplomatic support in Latin America, it has continued to flout U.S.-led efforts by the international community to rein in its nuclear programs.

In terms of psychological warfare, in other words, Iran is winning some key battles against the United States in Latin America. The Latin American nations are aware of America’s military and economic strength, but nonetheless, they see with their own eyes Iran’s aggressive posturing in South America while America seems not to notice, so distracted she is by her own serious economic problems. Given that, and America’s often unhappy history with its southern neighbors, it is not surprising that Latin American nations are increasingly taking foreign policy positions contrary to the security interests of the United States and its allies, choosing instead to side with the more confident anti-American voices.

They are not wrong to do so. One might disagree with their decision to recognize Palestine over Israel’s objections, but it makes strategic sense. Israel is virtually alone in the world, actively supported only by Canada and the United States, with some level of grudging support coming from Europe, as well. Israel’s many enemies, on the other hand, are not only determined to see Palestine created regardless of how it impacts on Israel’s security, but cannot help but notice that Israel’s traditional ally, the United States, is under this current administration noticeably less friendly towards the Jewish state. The tide of global public opinion has always gone against Israel. That will only increase as America steps back and more and more countries choose to side with Israel’s enemies, knowing they have nothing to lose.

Thus continues the troubling isolation of the Middle East’s only stable democracy. Israel has enemies to the north, enemies to the south, faces an existential threat from Iran’s nuclear program, can count on no support from the United Nations and must put up with an international community that demands they make peace with people who don’t recognize their right to exist. While Brazil and Argentina might think they’re somehow helping the Palestinian people, the reverse is in fact true. The rising volume of the world’s anti-Israel chorus, and the silence of its largest friend, will only trap the Jewish state further. Does anyone truly expect good things to come of that?

Israel will not accept a Palestinian state on unfair terms, nor will it do nothing while Iran continues to build nuclear bombs. It could use the help of nations such as Brazil and Argentina in its efforts to build a workable peace and contain the Iranian threat. But Israel has learned, as noted journalist Caroline Glick recently wrote, to never count on the international community to save it from its enemies. Israel must look after itself, because no one else will.

Matt Gurney is an editor at the National Post, a Canadian national newspaper, and writes and speaks on military and geopolitical issues. He can be reached at matt@mattgurney.ca. Follow him on Twitter: @mattgurney.

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  • Ariely

    Obama Arab- Israel policy failure. diverted the focus from the basic issue:

    !! Arabs refusal to recognize the Jewish right to a independent state in the 3500 years old homeland is the key peace blocking factor!
    in 1947 and 2010:

    As a result of his policy the Palestinians are avoiding negations.

    For years Palestinians and Israeli.
    Recorded on Oslo agreement, President Clinton+ Barak+ Arafat cape David summit and Taba discussion/
    Barak on Taba negotiations made an unprecedented offer to Arafat in exchange for a :

    **formal letter stating that the conflict is over and no additional future requirements will be made
    —The Palestinians open the deadly terrorist war against Israeli civilian
    ————
    Wikileake disclosed: Arab leaders demand USA to stop Islamist Iran by any means without any connection to Israel.
    Obama required Israel to give up major heritage and security assets, pretending that this is a key issue to form a coalition with Arabs states against Islamist Iran NUK's.

    Obama knew first hand that his linkage is incorrect.

  • Ariely

    Politicians willing a long standing peace should require:
    1:Arabs recognition of:
    - Jewish right for their single state:Israel
    -Palestinian right to create the number 23 Arab state.
    2: Muslims governed by Arabs.-Jews by Israel.
    -Israel will hand over to Palestinian government land inhabited by Arabs from Israel and the Jews from settlements will be governed by Israel.
    -Arabs and Jew will remain in their current homes
    3:Defining the boarders.
    4:Solving the Refugees issue- Both Arabs and Jews from Arab countries.
    5:End the Jews hate teaching and preaching in Arab world.
    6;No additional issues are open for conflict continuation.
    -
    People prefers to be governed by their own
    Imposed boarders are major conflict reasons
    Examples:Balbans-Tibet-Africa-Canada French -Belgia-Kashmir-Spain -Scots-Irish -Kurds

  • sebyandrew

    Keep posting Ariely. Please get an account so that I can follow.

  • muchiboy

    "It could use the help of nations such as Brazil and Argentina in its efforts to build a workable peace and contain the Iranian threat. But Israel has learned, as noted journalist Caroline Glick recently wrote, to never count on the international community to save it from its enemies."

    Never,never forget that it was the international community that first recognized the existence of Israel at the UN in 1948.At that time Israel and the Diaspora eagerly awaited the international communities decision and rejoiced when given its blessing.When UN or world opinion is not in its favor,the whining starts.muchiboy

    • EVAbeliever

      There you go muchiwuss: you post hate every day. You are ignorant of the truth. Whine? It is you who whines every day. The Arabs rejected Israel from day ONE and lost every single war. Yet they whine for the haters like you to help recover their losses. I will "never, never forget" that it is haters like you that stand ready to bury Israel. I will never forget that your kind only hates. I will "never, never forget" that there was NEVER an Arab Palestine and that there NEVER was an Arab culture, state or national entity in the area referred to by the LATE DEAD Roman Empire as Palestine. Your comments reveal more about yoour stupidity than anything else. Keep ignoring theFACTS and push your ignorance. You may think you sound intelligent but NEVER, NEVER FORGET that when you look in the mirror all you will ever see is a RACIST, JEW-HATING PIG!

      • Spirit_Of_1683

        As for Naziboy, its not so much ignorance but vicious boilerplate antisemitism. He'd have loved to marry off his daughter to the monster who invented Zyklon B.

    • ziontruth

      "Never,never forget that it was the international community that first recognized the existence of Israel at the UN in 1948."

      I never, never forget that there were a lot fewer Arab and Islamic members in the United Nations then. With decolonization in the 1950s and '60s came the now-familiar pattern of the U.N. turning a blind eye to Arab/Islamic aggression toward Israel.

      "At that time Israel and the Diaspora eagerly awaited the international communities decision and rejoiced when given its blessing."

      Right after World War II, there was much hope in all the world that the U.N. would prove better than the League of Nations. It was a false hope, of course, but it's hard to blame the people of post-WWII for entertaining it.

      "When UN or world opinion is not in its favor,the whining starts."

      For my part, I only rejoice that U.N. and world opinion are not in Israel's favor. As "world opinion" is in reality nothing but the orthodoxy dictated by the Marxist/Islamist alliance, a person, ideology, organization or state condemned by "world opinion" and U.N. resolution should see it as evidence of being on the right track.

      • flaedo

        Ha ha Ziontruth – you are exactly right. Here in Australia the Age newspaper (socialist scum) constantly cites "world opinion" – makes me sick. "world opinion" is generated by the socialist – muslim ascendancy, incrementally more and more powerful year by year. Name one European country that isnt socialist and doesnt submit to islam. And l dont even include Europe in the socialist – muslim ascendancy, not yet.

    • MixMChess

      Nope, there is only criticism when a double standard is applied to Israel, which unfortunately is very frequently. Recall that starting in the mid-1970s, "an Arab-Soviet-Third World bloc joined to form what amounted to a pro-Palestinian lobby at the United Nations. This was particularly true in the General Assembly where these countries—nearly all dictatorships or autocracies—frequently voted together to pass resolutions attacking Israel and supporting the PLO."

      Israel was the only UN member excluded from a regional group. Geographically, it belongs in the Asian Group, but the xenophobic Arab states barred its membership. Without membership in a regional group, Israel could not sit on the Security Council or other key UN bodies.

      Israel is now part of the Western European and other Groups, but even that membership is severely limited. Every four years Israel has to reapply for membership, since its status is only temporary. Israel was "not allowed to present candidacies for open seats in any UN body for two years and is not able to compete for major UN bodies, such as the Economic and Social Council, for a longer period." And for the first two years, Israeli representatives were barred from running for positions on the UN Council. Israel cannot participate in "UN talks on human rights, racism and a number of other issues handled in these offices."

      I think the key is that while the UN routinely adopts resolutions critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, it has never adopted a single resolution condemning Palestinian terrorism and violence against Israeli citizens.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    You are wrong muchiboy. The whiners are for the most, not residents. Here we are waiting for the monsters to move just enough to let us take care of business.
    Will they do it? Probably because they forgot what happened since 1948 but they will get a reminder and then some.
    It is just as probable that a fair number of those that anyway are either irrelevant or committed islamics bent of the World Caliphate wet dream, will support a non existent "paleostine". I hope they can feed those parasites.
    You will notice of course that the Israeli islamics maintain a relative urbanity other than a few ones we allow to quack here and there. They know perfectly well that any stupid move by their cumpas could well result on them being delivered to Gaza to enjoy life in there. I know the electricity production capacity and fuel needs of those elements. They would have to be linked to Egypt for both and the Egyptians certainly love them. Medical care and banking also would be fun without the SHEKEL. Water? There is always the Med of course. And more..

  • Wesley69

    What Brazil and Argentina think is not important to the conflict in this area of the world. The attitude of the US is, and this President has been more hostile to Israel than any since JFK. There are three timetables that Israel and the US must be aware of.

    1 – time needed for Iran to produce nuclear weapons

    2- time needed for sanctions to take hold

    3- time needed for the opposition to actually rise up against the Mullahs and create regime change

    Iran is the KEY player in this region; ally of Syria, sponsor of Hezbollah and Hamas. As long as Iran is under the Mullahs, Israel will be in jeopardy. As long as Hamas controls the Gaza Strip there will be no peace. As long as Hezbollah occupies the southern border of Lebanon facing Israel, there will be no peace.

    An attack by the US against Iran is probably not on the table. It is hoping for sanctions to work, but time may be against that from happening. A valuable opportunity to destabilize Iran was wasted by Obama when Iran experienced civil unrest in the wake of Ahmadinejad’s reelection. Israel will have to act against Iran for its own self-interest and preservation.

    Shiite Iran may have other plans for its nuclear weapons. Sunni Saudi Arabia and the oil-rich Gulf states, because of religious hatreds that have been passed down through the centuries, may be their chief target. That is why Israel was offered the use of Saudi airspace to launch an attack on Iran.

    A final note, Israel must be aware that this President, for the sake of any agreement and his place in history, may sell Israel down the river if he has to. I hope I am wrong.

  • Marty

    Exactly why does the world need another corrupt, dysfunctional, and failed Arab state that hates democracy and progress? And why is the United States so desirous of trying to establish one? Clearly, a Palestinian state that has the destruction of Israel as its top priority will not contribute to peace and stability.

  • USMCSniper

    Argentina and Brazil as I understand it was where all the Nazi war criminals escaped to after WWII. There anti-semitism is probably part of theit culture. These are countries dominated by the Catholic Church for centuries and have also always been anti-semetic. It should have been expected.

    • Susan

      Perfectly stated, USMCSniper.

    • muchiboy

      "Argentina and Brazil as I understand it was where all the Nazi war criminals escaped to after WWII. There anti-semitism is probably part of theit culture. "

      Argentina abstained from Resolution 181.Brazil voted yes.You at least owe Brazil an apology,USMCSniper.muchiboy

  • flyingtiger

    Less friendly towards Isreal? You are being nice.. The BHO administration has been the most hosyile sdministration.

  • flaedo

    Any governments recognising Palestine is bad – not only bad a disaster. This is the worst thing that can happen – the thin end of the wedge, others will follow. lts time to harden up – lsrael must define its own border and if nesecary expel palestininians to their homeland – Jordan. Negotiating with these muslims has been a decades long slippery slope – every agreement worsens lsraels position – EVERY AGREEMENT. The goal of the so called palestinians isnt the creation of a palestinian state – the real goal is to destroy lsrael completely. Harden up.

  • Matt

    I would not be too concerned about any recognition, symbolic or not, provided to the "Palestinians" by insignificant Sth American countries such as Argentina or Brazil.
    For there to be peace, Israel must have a partner that truly desires peace, in the Arab/ Muslim world Israel does not & will never have this.
    The Arabs (Fatah, hamas, Hezbollah etc) must 1st, delete from their respective charters calling for the destruction of Israel & give up all claims to Jerusalem. If they can't do this then there is no chance for them.
    Golda Meir once said; “there will be peace in the Middle East only when the Arabs love their children more than they hate Israel "
    Should Israel be forced to choose between "Jews" & "Palestinians" it will only end badly for the "Palestinians".
    Give up your claim to Isreal & join your Arab brothers in Jordan, Egypt & Syria. Problem solved.

  • muchiboyboy

    "I think the key is that while the UN routinely adopts resolutions critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, it has never adopted a single resolution condemning Palestinian terrorism and violence against Israeli citizens."

    To be fair,MixMChess,when Resolution 181 passed,there were less then sixty nations represented at the UN.Many of the third world countries were yet to achieve full independence from their colonial masters.You have to wonder whether the vote would have gone in favor of Partition and Israel if and when more Arab and African countries were represented.You could say Israel benefited by the timing then.So the timing in 47/48 was in favor of Israel.Today it is favorable for the third world countries.muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      Israel's legitimacy was established well before 181. The Jewish State was well on its way to becoming a state ever since the late 19th century. Jews historical and legal claims to the land made Israel a legal state under jus cogens (peremptory norms) consistent with International Law. Additionally the mandate for a Jewish homeland in Israel under the League of Nations created another international precedent and authority for Israel's legality.

      The Arab, African and other Third-World countries are nearly all made up of racist and xenophobic dictatorships or autocracies. I'll take their votes and opinions with a grain of salt thank you very much.

      • muchiboy

        "The Arab, African and other Third-World countries are nearly all made up of racist and xenophobic dictatorships or autocracies. I'll take their votes and opinions with a grain of salt thank you very much. "

        As you know,MixMChess,I am no friend of Israel.And that is putting it mildly.But a word of advice,from someone who knows of what he speaks.Sanctions and boycotts can break you,and both come from numbers and numbers come from votes.You take these countries with a grain of salt at your demise.And the more you see yourself as a member of a liberal democratic alliance,the more the sanctions hurt you.It's like your best friends and family turning their backs on you.The likes of Zimbabwe,Korea and Iran may carry on,but a more decent country with pretenses to a conscience will slowly but surely die.muchiboy

      • Spirit_Of_1683

        The Arab, African and other Third-World countries are nearly all made up of racist and xenophobic dictatorships or autocracies. I'll take their votes and opinions with a grain of salt thank you very much.

        Seconded, and as the old saying goes, birds of a feather flock together, and Naziboy will side with anyone who'd love to send the Jews to the showers at Auschwitz and Maidanek.

  • daddyholes

    LOL – Israel, owned by Argentina yet again.