When Israel Had a Champion at the UN

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Kirkpatrick experienced this malign obsession personally when she headed a delegation to the International Conference on African Refugees in March 1981.

The day before it opened, the Arab States, led by Libya, moved to bar Israel’s delegate. Kirkpatrick announced that if this happened, the US would walk out and withdraw the $285 million it had pledged to the refugee problem. She dared the African countries and their Arab allies to choose between their “vile rhetoric” and money that could help their people.

They chose the money.

She saw clearly that isolating and stigmatizing Israel was the USSR’s “great project” at the UN, an effort undertaken with diabolical ingenuity by the accusation that the Jewish state was guilty of racism – the greatest of sins in the post-colonial period when newly minted states were regularly entering the world organization – and by making Israel morally equivalent to apartheid South Africa.

She presciently saw that this accusation would be justified not by facts or proof, but by “a systematic assault on language and meaning.”

She picked up on the first signs of this brazenly methodical effort to turn the narrative of the Holocaust inside-out by rebranding the Palestinians “the Jews of the Arab world” and the Israelis “ Nazis,” and she understood the likely consequences: “by successfully claiming that Israel was guilty of genocide, any attack against the state and people of Israel was justified.”

The passionate indignation  over the treatment of Israel at the UN Jeane Kirkpatrick carried with her until her death in 2006 is nowhere visible in the Obama presidency whose cold friendship for the Jewish State has justly been compared to the Carter administration’s.  But his treatment of Israel is also often cited as one of the reasons Carter lost to Ronald Reagan who immediately installed at the UN a woman who believed that “to defend Israel was to defend America and western civilization itself.”  So perhaps the historical analogy carries with it a ray of hope after all.

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  • lugnut

    Israel belongs to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, NOT ALLAH, WHO EVER HE IS, anyone who interferes with her will be dealt with by him. Genesis 12:3 "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you" DON'T MESS WITH ISRAEL!

    • Herbster

      Amen! Book of Joel. 3:10 "Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears."

  • RonaldCarnine

    To demonize Israel is to do the work of the devil who comes "but to steal, kill and destroy". I'm a bit perturbed that some bloggers at this and other sites often take a cowardly swipe at Israel which is not justified. Israel is bombed, threatened and lied about by those who are ignorant of the truth, or deliberately lie about her. She shows tremendous restraint and usually only acts when an attack goes just a little too far. Israel tries to avoid civilian casualties and is the only nation in the Middle East to do so. Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood as well as others intentionally attack civilians (including 8 mo. old babies) and then make some lame excuse that they only did so because Israel provoked it. Thank God some will stand and defend her, we need a new representative to the UN who will boldly defend her. Until then, we "little people" must carry the torch and support her by our words and our votes. Anything less than this is a travesty.

    • Snorbak

      I am continually infuriated by the outrageous, ridiculous & often lame attacks against made against Israel however, I dont despair & I am encouraged by the fact that, through God, the end result is guaranteed. The sad reality is that the situation will get far worse before it gets better.
      Whilst there are many individuals that support Israel, sadly it counts for little as their governments do not, including those of the US, Great Britian & my own down here is Aus to name a few, & the UN is just a worthless slagging pit of corruption & hatred.
      Actions not words, demonstrate your friendship to another, Israel is alone.
      Sadly, Israel will ultimately soon become the pariah state of the world whereby the "final solution" will be enacted once again & this time it wont be one nation involved but all……food for thought!

  • Bamaguje

    Brave woman.
    Today she would have been denounced as an 'Israel firster.'

    • UCSPanther

      And ironically, so-called "Israel-Firsters" have actually been way greater patriots than virtually all of the anti-Israel nutters.

  • Neils60

    Perhaps, if Mitt Romney is elected this fall, another individual with Ms. Kirpatrick's most important attributes, a sense of fairness and impeccable integrity, will take the reigns as our UN Ambassador. Former UN Ambassador, John Bolton, would be a terrific choice for America. Then, again, Mr. Bolton's talents might better be utilized as our next Secretary of State.

    • Herbster

      Secretary od State would be my choice for Bolton. How about an outsider for the U.N. Post? Lynn Cheney? Smart and politically savvy. Pro Israel. Here's another outsider to consider. Smart. Politically savvy. Does not back down from a fight. Principled. Has two flags in her office. The American Flag and the Israeli Flag. This person is not Jewish, but wears a large Star of David quite often. You guessed it – my first choice for the U.N. post………Sarah Palin.

  • BS77

    It was dismal to see how the libstream media did everything in its power to attack, defame, belittle and insult Sarah Palin during Sen . Mc Cain's presidential run back in 2008. The media is a force to be reckoned with, since most people do not think…they just watch TV news and nod, duh, yeah, duh duh, yeah……………..

  • Choi

    GOD BLESS Jeanne Kirkpatrick ,George Schultz,and Ronald Reagan.
    GOD DAMN. Casper Weinberger.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Todays liberals are like yesterdays Nazis when it comes to Jews. Jew hatred is unjustified because it was based on lies.

  • SoCalMike

    The current infestation of America-hating Israel-hating dirt bags at the State Department has obviously been around for a long time.
    Just how did some unelected bureaucrat OVERRULE Reagan and Kirkpatrick on the Osirak condemnation??
    These malignant parasites need to be excised out of power.
    These same malignant parasites give "aid" money to North Korea and Pakistan to develop nuclear weapons.
    The same give money arms and advanced military training to the PLO.
    These poisonous parasites need to go.