U.S. Representative to U.N. Seeks to Neutralize U.N. Role

In statements to the media, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Richard Holbrooke, has tried once again to promote the case for neutralizing the U.N. with regard to the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East. The U.S. Ambassador said that the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly should not pour "kerosene on the fire" by inserting themselves into the Middle East conflict. He further stated that "the United Nations should not be used as a propaganda forum, as it has happened."

While U.S. attempts to absolve Israel from its responsibilities under international law at the U.N. and to neutralize the world organization itself are not new, Ambassador Holbrooke’s recent actions and statements attempt to revive and reinvigorate those attempts. Such efforts remain mistaken and miss the point. The U.N. General Assembly was the organ that partitioned Mandated Palestine, and the U.N. has not stopped dealing with the question of Palestine since the inception of the organization. It is not being used as a propaganda tool, but being used as the body responsible for maintenance of international peace and security and as the embodiment of international law and legitimacy.

Attempts to neutralize the U.N., besides being illegal under the U.N. Charter, are aimed at keeping the Palestinian people under the mercy of the imbalance of power on the ground and at depriving them from their only weapon in this conflict, i.e. international law and the support of the international community for their just cause. It is unfortunate that the U.S. still pursues such unjust and one-sided outcomes, which have been clearly and repeatedly rejected by the international community, disregarding their overall responsibilities towards the U.N. as well as their specific responsibilities in the Middle East.