219. Israel fails to follow U.N. resolutions

In his Jan. 3 letter [218] , Richard Grayson laments the fact that "Israel is the only member (of the United Nations) not allowed to be voted onto the Security Council." How about requiring first that Israel implement the resolutions taken by the Security Council. For instance, Israel has yet to implement Security Council resolution 242 of 1967, let alone the numerous United Nations General Assembly resolutions. Also, Israel is adamantly opposed to involve the United Nations in the Middle East peace process. Israel and its apologist Richard Grayson cannot have it both ways.

Furthermore, Mr. Grayson writes: "Jews do have the right to live in Israel." What kind of logic is this? It is the Israelis who have the right to live in Israel, not the Jews. One gets the impression that he doesn't live in the 21th century AD but in the 21th century BC. If we follow his defective tribal logic, chaos will prevail. We will have to say that Muslims have the right to live in Arabia, and Christians have the right to live in the Holy Land. If one's religion entitles someone to live in a given country, then this criterion should be applied in a consistent manner. Again Mr. Grayson cannot have it both ways. If he gives the Jews the right to live in Israel, Christians should be given the same right and even Muslims should have the right to live in Jerusalem, since it is also a holy city in Islam.

January 7, 2002