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A Crimea referendum poster suggests that to vote against annexation

is to embrace Nazi fascism: Is that why Israel hasn't backed the U.S. in

opposing Russian annexation? In fact it is simpler than that. Israel, too,

has annexed nearby territory.

 

 

'Annexing' Crimea and 'Uniting' Jerusalem (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

 

"When the U.N. General Assembly condemned the annexation of Crimea, Israel was among the 58 countries that didn't participate in the vote. ... How is it possible that in a conflict that puts in doubt the entire global order, one of America's key allies remained neutral? Where are all those universal values about which Obama spoke so beautifully in Brussels? ... At the first glance, this seems strange, but if you think about it for a moment, one has to praise the Israelis for not being hypocrites."

 

By Mariusz Zawadzki

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Translated By Halszka Czarnocka

 

April 4, 2014

 

Poland - Gazeta Wyborcza - Original Article (Polish)

Why isn't Israel standing by the West in opposing Russia's annexation of Crimea? Perhaps it's because Israel, too, has annexed nearby territory.

 

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President Obama condemns Russia for annexing Crimea, yet one of Americaís friends remains silent on this outrageous subject, or is at least has being evasive.

 

We refer here to Israel, which only a week after the occupation of the peninsula by Russian troops, issued a statement saying that it is "following developments in Ukraine with great concern, and hope that the crisis to be resolved peacefully." Not a word of condemnation for aggression! Oleksandr Feldman, a Ukrainian lawmaker who was in Jerusalem at the time, didn't hide his disappointment. "We were expecting a clearer stance," he said.

 

Then last Thursday [Apr. 3], when the U.N. General Assembly condemned the annexation of Crimea, Israel was among the 58 countries that didn't participate in the vote. How is it possible that in a conflict that puts in doubt the entire global order, one of America's key allies remained neutral? Where are all those universal values about which Obama spoke so beautifully in Brussels?

 

At the first glance, this seems strange, but if you think about it for a moment, one has to praise the Israelis for not being hypocrites. Since they themselves have conducted an annexation, it's only natural and respectful for them not to condemn Putin.

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I am speaking about East Jerusalem, which was incorporated into Israel in 1980, or 13 years after victory in the Six Day War. True, it remains debatable whether the bill adopted by the Knesset was an act tantamount to formal annexation, for one thing, because it lacks any mention of city limits, describing only a "complete and united Jerusalem." However, an amendment of the law from the year 2000 does define those limits, together with the area acquired in 1967. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often repeats that an "indivisible and united Jerusalem will be forever remain the capital of Israel."

 

In August 1980, the Knesset vote was condemned and declared invalid by the U.N. Security Council. In its Resolution 478, we can read, inter alia, that " acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible" (the same argument Obama is using today in respect to Crimea).

 

Out of the 15 members of the Council, 14 voted in favor of the resolution, while the United States abstained. That is how the notion became part of international law. Its only practical effect, however, has been that every countries in the world has their embassy in Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem.

 

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The U.S. Congress. moreover, didn't accept even that. In 1995, it passed a bill obliging President Clinton to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem - and if he failed to do so by June 1999, funding for all of America's diplomatic posts around the world would be cut in half! For such an ultimatum directed at their own government, 93 U.S. senators voted in favor (5 were against), as did 374 representatives (37 voting against).

 

Perhaps no other vote better shows the power of the Israel lobby in Washington. American diplomacy survived, because the bill stipulates that the president can (for reasons of national security) delay the execution of the ultimatum for half a year, which Clinton, Bush and Obama have done without hesitation 30 times since 1999.

 

The text of that curious American bill does not use the word "annexation." It only states that Jerusalem has been "reunified." President Putin is likewise talking about the "reunification of Crimea with its motherland."

 

 

Both annexations, or if you will, unifications, are thus quite similar. The difference is that the Crimea issue had no chance to be introduced at the U.N. Security Council, where Russia has veto rights. Thatís why the resolution condemning Russian annexation was adopted only by the U.N. General Assembly, which is basically no more than a debating club, the decisions of which carry no legal force.

 

Accordingly, the annexation of Crimea is even slightly more legitimate, or strictly speaking, less illegal, than the reunification of Jerusalem.

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US Apr. 4, 2014, 12:59pm