By Ted Belman
I met this morning with Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, Paul Hunt. He was very friendly and congenial but new to this posting.
I didn’t discuss my outline seen in blockquotes below, choosing instead to tell him I could back up every point I made.
I focused instead of the complicity of the international community in thwarting peace and what they could do to help.
1. The international community should resettle the Arab refugees now rather than leave them in camps for another 60 years. Its a bad idea for them to return to Palestine, let alone Israel. They would destablize the region and march on the fence and cross into Israel by the hundreds of thousands.
2. They should cut back on their financial support of the Palestinians so that they will want to solve their problem. They way it is now they have no incentive to make peace.
3. Palestinians should be held accountable for their incitement and violence. The best way is to decease the size of the state they will get. Make it cost them.
4. Disabuse them of the notion that they will get a fully sovereign state . Only autonomy will be negotiated.. The international community must work to reduce their expectations in all respects.
5. Support Israel in its quest for an interim agreement as per Liberman or support Elon’s Plan to leave everyone in place. Just give the Palestinians Jordinian citizenship and the Jews Israeli citizenship. But Israel gets sovereignty.
6, Support the blockade of Gaza. The UN passed a resoltion prohibiting the rearming of Hezbollah. Although they failed to enforce it, they are participating in the rearming of Gaza.
I told him about Jacques Gauthier and suggested he should be invited to Parliament Hill. He took down Gauthier’s name. He also took down the name of a famed Canadian human rights lawyer, David Matas.
That’s about the gist of it.
A G E N D A
Re: Meeting between Ambassador Paul Hunt and Ted Belman, expatriate Canadian now living in Jerusalem on January 24. 2011
Untruths supported by the United Nations, the Quartet, most countries of the world and most media
– Palestinians are a people
– Judea and Samaria are Palestinian land
– Palestinians are entitled to self determination
– Palestinians want peace
– Palestinians want a two state solution
– Palestinians accept Resolution 242, the Oslo Accords and the Roadmap
– Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to Judea and Samaria
– Judea and Samaria are occupied lands
– the settlements are illegal
– Palestinians are entitled to East Jerusalem as their capital
– Palestinian refugees have a right of return
The truth supported by international law
– the victorious allied powers after WWI had the right to redraw borders and allocate Ottoman Empire land
– they met in San Remo in1920, held hearings and passed a resolution awarding all of Palestine, on both sides of the Jordan to the Jewish people to reconstitute their national home
– The League of Nations, in 1922, incorporated this decision in the Palestine Mandate as to all of Palestine lying west of the Jordan River.
– On June 30,1922, a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States, unanimously endorsed the “Mandate for Palestine” confirming the irrevocable right of the Jews to settle in the area of Palestine, anywhere between the Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. Pres Harding subsequently signed it.
– On Dec 3, 1924 The US and Great Britain entered a treaty safeguarding the American interests in Palestine.
– Article 80 of the Charter of the United Nations, binds the UN to the terms of the Palestine Mandate and prohibits unilateral derogation of such rights. “nothing in this Chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.”
– The ICJ reaffirmed the meaning and validity of Art 80 on three separate occasions.
– these rights exist to this day.
– pursuant to these rights, Jews have the right to settle anywhere in Judea and Samaria
Impediments to Peace
– Palestinians unwilling to negotiate or to compromise
– Goal of Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular is to destroy the state of Israel
– the unbridled international support of the Palestinian cause
– the unwillingness of the international community to hold the Palestinians accountable for anything
– the peace process as presently constituted.