Nonbinding Security Council Statement on a Two-State Solution
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Adopted Security Council resolutions are binding international and US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2).
Security Council statements are nonbinding and virtually meaningless — especially when drafted by powerful interests with respect to powerless people.
Last week, Security Council members unanimously adopted a statement introduced by Belgian Security Council president Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve.
It expressed support for a “negotiated two-state solution, recalling previous relevant UN resolutions, and in accordance with international law, where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders.”
What’s wrong with the above statement? Plenty! It has no legal standing.
It says nothing about Palestinian self-determination within June 1967 borders, nothing about East Jerusalem as Palestine’s exclusive capital, nothing about the right of diaspora Palestinians to return to their homeland as mandated under international law.
It says nothing about Palestinian air, coastal areas, water and other resources, nothing about illegal settlements, nothing about accountability and restitution for decades of Israeli crimes of war, against humanity, and slow-motion genocide, nothing about suffocating Gazans — nothing about ongoing Israeli war on Palestinians without declaring it.
The notion of two “democratic states” is meaningless because there’s nothing remotely “democratic” about Israeli apartheid, nothing “democratic” about over half a century of illegal occupation, nothing “democratic” about its intention to keep stolen Palestinian land and take more at its discretion.
The notion of Israel and Palestinians “negotiat(ing)” ignores half a century of failure to resolve differences diplomatically because the Jewish state never negotiated with Palestinians.
It demands everything its way, offering nothing in return but empty promises to be breached like always before.
Belgium is an EU member state, Brussels the bloc’s headquarters.
Anglo-Zionist Europe has been hostile toward Palestinians since Britain’s Arthur Balfour’s opposition to their sovereign rights over a century ago.
Things are far worse today than then with Israel controlling virtually all historic Palestinian land, unwilling to relinquish its most valued areas wanted for exclusive Jewish development and use.
Colonization, occupation, and apartheid rule, endless violence, and dispossession defines how long-suffering Palestinians are mistreated.
For over a century, Anglo-Zionist Europe showed indifference to their fundamental rights, treating their people dismissively, doing nothing to challenge Israeli Nuremberg-level high crimes since its 1947-48 war of aggression — stealing 78% of historic Palestine, the rest in 1967.
Support expressed for resolving differences between Israel and Palestinians by the US and Europe assures no resolution at all.
The US-led West and Israel reject regional peace, stability, and Palestinian self-determination as mandated by international law.
If things were otherwise, no Occupied Palestine would exist, no Israeli settlements, no tolerance of its high crimes, no Jewish state on stolen Palestinian land.
Historic Palestine would exist unaltered by the scourge of Anglo-Zionist tyranny.
UN Western states and Israel are the enemy of the Palestinian people.
Resistance is their only option, their only chance for liberation one day from the scourge of Israeli occupation and persecution.
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