Three: The Mirror of Humanity in the East 40s Marc Gopin We are living at a moment when the international institutions of the global community are still at a formative early stage. As an international body, the United Nations is young and primitive, and will fare no better than the primitive human community it represents.
Matthew RJ Brodsky Steve Sheffey’s article, “President Obama and the United Nations,” is full of praise for the current administration’s approach to the United Nations and, more broadly, Obama’s pro-Israel stance. The well-cited quotes Sheffey offers may be part of the written record, but his article employs a selective focus on some facts to the
Steve Sheffey President Barack Obama’s special envoy on anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, observed in 2010, “Looking at U.N. statistics over the last six years, where there have been negative remarks against a country, 170 have been against Israel. Compare that to North Korea that had eight… Israel has had 50 resolutions condemning alleged human rights abuses.
Stephen Zunes Steve Sheffey is certainly correct in recognizing the counterproductive ramifications of anti-United Nations efforts by the Republicans and in defending the Obama administration from attacks by the far right that falsely accuse him of not defending Israel. Unfortunately, he falls into the same trap as the Republicans he criticizes by accepting much of
Two: Israel’s Interest in Engaging the World Bradley Burston The United Nation’s record of unfairness toward Israel is, indeed, monumental. It is so extensive that even Daniel Gordis’ prodigious overview cannot do it justice in the space available. One further example should suffice: the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. So flagrant was its anti-Israel bias,
Karen Naimer In March of this year, as fighting advanced toward Benghazi, Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi warned protestors that he would show them “no mercy and no pity.” Anticipating a possible massacre if no preventative steps were taken, the United Nations Security Council invoked the “responsibility to protect” and authorized military action. The development
Daniel Kurtzer My first assignment, when I entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1976, was as a “rotational officer” in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs. I served for six months backstopping our delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council; then worked for six months on U.N. conferences
One: David Ben-Gurion’s Prescience Daniel Gordis Strangely, Israel’s Declaration of Independence insists that “[The] recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable.” The language, though, is actually less odd than prescient. David Ben-Gurion, the declaration’s unacknowledged author, intuited that November 29, 1947 was likely to
Steve Sheffey The essays written by Stephen Zunes (“Defending Netanyahu’s Policies Does Not Help Israel”) and Matthew RJ Brodsky (“Reviewing the Obama Administration’s U.N. Record”) in response to my essay (“President Obama and the United Nations”) deserve a fuller response than space allowed in the print edition of Sh’ma. Fortunately, the digital edition provides that