2016 – US Votes in UN: Israel

The Obama Administration has made the largest single pledge of military assistance in U.S. history. The total value of the new MOU, which covers FY2019- FY2028, is $38 billion ($3.8 billion per year).  It will succeed the current $30 billion MOU signed in 2007, which will expire at the end of FY2018.  Since President Obama took office, the United States has provided Israel over $23.5 billion in FMF assistance (from 2009-2016). In FY2016, the United States provided Israel $3.1 billion in FMF assistance; approximately 51.4% of the U.S. global FMF account. This amounts to $8.5 million in FMF funding alone provided to Israel each day.

 

9/21/16: A letter sponsored by Israel lobby group AIPAC, and signed by 88 US senators, is demanding that President Obama unconditionally veto any “one-sided” resolution on the Israeli peace process brought before the UN Security Council during the last four months of his term in office. The letter was penned by the lobby at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose office is concerned that years of acrimony between him and Obama might lead Obama to not veto a French resolution on the peace process if it comes between the November election and the day he leaves office.

NOTE: there are only 100 Senators

In 2015-2016, the United States voted that it is OK for Israel to NOT :

  • sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and placement of all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards, and to be one of only four countries that possess nuclear weapons to NOT sign the treaty, and to be the only country in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons.

China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States — possess approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons. China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States are considered to be “nuclear-weapon states” (NWS) under the terms of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan refuse to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Estimated nuclear warheads: India (110-120), Israel (60-400), North Korea (10) and Pakistan (120-130).

  • recognize the permanent 1967 sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.
  • compensate Lebanon for $850mn of clean-up costs due to an oil spill caused in 2006 by IDF jets attack on oil storage tanks
  • recognize the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
  • recognize persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities and to return to their home or former places of residence
  • approve the operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and to continue the construction of settlements and the wall
  • recognize Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues
  • recognize the Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories 
  • recognize the Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories
  • evacuate or continue building Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan
  • discontinue Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem
  • recognize the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
  • recognize the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat
  • recognize the Special information program on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat
  • recognize the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine
  • discontinue the illegal imposition of its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem
  • recognize that the continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its de facto annexation constitutes a stumbling block in the way of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region

The United States voted against the following UN Resolutions in 2016:

2015-2016 UNGA Resolutions (70th Session)
Condemning Countries

The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (A/RES/70/70)
Extract: “Reaffirms the importance of Israel’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and placement of all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards, in realizing the goal of universal adherence to the Treaty in the Middle East.”

Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (A/RES/70/225)
Extract: “Expressing its concern about the exploitation by Israel, the occupying Power, of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967.”

Oil slick on Lebanese shores (A/RES/70/194)
Extract: “Reiterates…its deep concern about the adverse implications of the destruction by the Israeli Air Force of the oil storage tanks in the direct vicinity of the Lebanese Jiyeh electric power plant, for the achievement of sustainable development in Lebanon.

The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (A/RES/70/141)
Extract: “Recalling the conclusion of the Court…that the construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, along with measures previously taken, severely impedes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.”

Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities (A/RES/70/84)
Extract: “Reaffirms the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their home or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967.”

Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (A/RES/70/85)
Extract: “Gravely concerned about the extremely difficult socioeconomic conditions being faced by the Palestine refugees in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, as a result of the recurrent military operations, continuing prolonged Israeli closures, the construction of settlements and the wall, and the severe economic and movement restrictions that in effect amount to a blockade…”

Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues (A/RES/70/86)
Extract: “Reaffirms that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice.”

Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (A/RES/70/87)
Extract: “Deplores those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories…”

Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories (A/RES/70/88)
Extract: “Demands that Israel accept the de jure applicability of the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, and that it comply scrupulously with the provisions of the Convention.”

Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan (A/RES/70/89)
Extract: “Reaffirms that the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development.”

Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (A/RES/70/90)
Extract: “Expressing grave concern about the continuing systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel, the occupying Power…”

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (A/RES/70/12)
Extract: “Requests the Committee to continue to exert all efforts to promote the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination, to support the achievement without delay of an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and of the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders…”

Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat (A/RES/70/13)
Extract: “Considers that, by providing substantive support to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in the implementation of its mandate, the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat continues to make a most useful and constructive contribution to raising international awareness of the question of Palestine…”

Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat (A/RES/70/14)
Extract: “Considers that the special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department is very useful in raising the awareness of the international community concerning the question of Palestine…”

Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine (A/RES/70/15)
Extract: “Expressing grave concern about the extremely detrimental impact of Israeli settlement policies, decisions and activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, including on the contiguity, integrity and viability of the Territory …”

Jerusalem (A/RES/70/16)
Extract: “Reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.”

The Syrian Golan (A/RES/70/17)
Extract: “Determines once more that the continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its de facto annexation constitute a stumbling block in the way of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region.”

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