Barak in Washington Calls for UN Chapter 7 Resolution, Could Authorize Force Against Iran
Ehud Barak was a guest on Greta Van Sustern’s FoxNews show tonight (no I don’t watch regularly, I was channel surfing) and made some surprising statements after a meeting with the UN’s Ban Ki-Moon. First, Van Sustern asked him almost querulously: Geez, you won’t stop settlements, the Palestinians won’t come to the table unless you do, what do you expect us to do for you? Barak’s clueless answer shows just how bereft of options he and his government are at this juncture:
I’ll be tomorrow in Washington and early next week, I’ll probably know more. I am here to try and help to find the right formula.
When your interviewer asks you what her country can do to help you make peace and all you can do is punt–not a good sign. To paraphrase a Paul Simon lyric: you don’t know where you’re going and my friend neither do I.
One of the neat ideas Barak has dreamed up to force the Palestinians back to the table (yes, didn’t you know it was the Palestinians’ fault the negotiations failed?) is for the UN to demand that the Palestinians resume negotiations. That’ll go over big with a world body which basically believes that this whole mess is Bibi & Co.’s fault.
Neat idea #2 concerned Iran: as far as Barak and sanctions are concerned, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The operative word for sanction hawks used to be “punishing sanctions.” Now they’re ratcheted up the rhetoric and the Israeli defense minister is calling for “paralyzing sanctions.” Perhaps he’s calling for inducing an Iranian polio epidemic? What else could that mean? Laying siege to Iranian ports? Boarding ships on the high seas to enforce a blockade? Who knows, and the skies the limit as far as those pesky Israelis are concerned.
When asked how far Iran was from getting a nuclear weapon, Barak demurred giving a substantive answer. But he did make this revealing reference I haven’t heard an Israeli official make in a long time:
I think and I expect in the [garbled] community while considering the timeline for all these sanctions and Chapter 7 kind of resolutions in the UN Security Council, to bear in mind that time is not infinite and beyond a certain window of opportunity the Iranians will get immunity through redundancy [they will have the components of their nuclear weapons so dispersed and redundant that their program cannot be stopped].
The reference to Chapter 7 really caught my eye because it’s the category of resolution that is necessary in order to approve the use of force against a member state. In fact, the Bush Administration attempted to invoke it in 2006. Typically, the interviewer let the reference slip by and didn’t catch its potential significance.
Of course, there are several members of the Security Council who might frown on a Chapter 7 resolution since it clearly could be construed as a step closer to war. Barak can’t seriously believe Israel would get such a resolution through the Council. But since he’d just returned from a meeting with the UN secretary-general, this was clearly one of the things he was proposing. I believe it’s likely this is a part of the game of psychological warfare waged by the Israelis against the Iranians. But what the Israelis don’t seem to realize is that the Iranians are not stupid. They know Israel has no hope of such a resolution. So the entire exercise appears as a bluff, making Israel appear to be an empty suit.
I also believe the entire issue of Iran, as far as Israel is concerned, is that slight distraction that magicians count on to fool their mark. It’s the moment that allows the magician to pull off the trick. In this case, the trick is the Palestinian conflict and Iran is the distraction, the escape valve that lets off steam when Israel fails to meet its obligations to negotiate an end to the conflict. What better way to turn the world’s attention away from Israel’s failure than to conjure the Iranian bogeyman who allegedly threatens not just Israel, but the entire world?
Haaretz reports that 26 former EU leaders have signed a sharp letter to the current EU leadership asking it to take strong measures to protest Israel’s violation of international law and to support Palestinian efforts to establish a state. Among the signatories were former EU foreign affairs minister Javier Solana, former German president Richard von Weizsacker, former Irish president Mary Robinson, and former prime ministers of Spain and Italy, Felipe Gonzales and Romano Prodi:
The European leaders are backing the Palestinians’ efforts to rally international support for the recognition of an independent Palestinian state as an alternative to the negotiations that have reached an impasse. They note that the Palestinians cannot expect to be able to set up an independent state without international political and economic assistance.
…They also want it made clear that a European Union decision to upgrade relations with Israel and other bilateral agreements will be frozen unless Israel freezes settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
They also propose that the EU announce that it will not accept any unilateral changes to the 1967 border that Israel carried out against international law, and that the Palestinian state would cover an area the same size as the area occupied in 1967. This would also include the establishment of a capital in East Jerusalem.
George Gershwin wrote: “How long has this been going on?” Now, the question is how much longer can this go on?
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I always find it enlightening how EX-world leaders suddenly think that their successors ought to do the things that they themselves couldn’t or wouldn’t do when they themselves were in power. What has changed in their opinion that makes the world now different from when they held the reins?
Maybe Arik Sharon was right when he stated, before the disengagement from Gaza, when asked how come he changed his mind so radically, “things that you see from here you don’t see from there”.
You’ve undermined yr argument. Sharon was actually saying that when he became PM he saw & understood things diff. than when he was merely an MK or minister. If other world leaders including a few in Israel had half as much flexibility I think we might be a whole lot better off than we are.
As for the fact that they are ex-leaders, if a person makes sincere teshuva for their past errors that should suffice to take their current views seriously.
It’s too bad that I missed that interview, but at the same time great because I can only have my blood pressure raised so much before I turn into a crazed vigilante.
“I believe it’s likely this is a part of the game of psychological warfare waged by the Israelis against the Iranians. But what the Israelis don’t seem to realize is that the Iranians are not stupid. They know Israel has no hope of such a resolution. So the entire exercise appears as a bluff, making Israel appear to be an empty suit.”
You are quite accurate, pretty much without fail. The unfortunate consequences of being you, Richard, is that you’re right and face a lot of undue criticism for it, but the latter confirms the former. Ehud Barak has played this exact game with Hillary and now seeks to incite anger from Ban-Ki Moon, who if this story makes headlines, will likely have to release his own statements to refute them. Hillary had to do the same thing over the F-35s she denies she promised, but Barak touted to the Knesset, which subsequently or consequently was trumpeted by the echo chamber media.
It is the Mullahs’ perpetual wet dream to have Israel garner military support for a strike on Iran. The solidarity that would form behind the government of Iran would be unbreakable, unifying all parts of the Iranian spectrum – Iranian-Americans included. They are more than prepared to cause massive damage to interests all over the world, but the simple tactic of blocking the Strait of Hormuz would bring big brother to its knees (with no public support because the entire economy has just been shattered by $300/barrel oil prices), then the world because it’s tied to the US economy, make Iran and Russia richer than ever, and inevitably leave Israel there like a sitting duck when the world realizes the only way to undo this is to convince Iran it had nothing to do with Israel’s intentions and to please undo the blockage. Mind you, when you stand in the Strait on a boat, you can see Oman on one side and Iran on the other in plain view… it’s really narrow. And let’s not fool ourselves, Israel cannot take on Iran alone. 12 million Basiji, just from the paramilitary, would invade by foot. I don’t recall the exact population of Israel, but I think it’s something like 8 million.
Let’s not forget the regional support Iran would garnish in such an instance, including from China, Turkey, etc., who are major investors in the Iranian economy.
BTW, Paul Simon — easily a fave. I’ll go with one of his more main stream songs, “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” for a bit of fun:
“Me and Vanunu Down by Dimona”
Bibi and Tzipi rolled out of bed and they ran to the police station
When Bush found out, he began to shout, and they started the investigation
It’s against the law, Iran’s against the law!
and what Barak saw, it was against the law!
Mahmoud looked down and spit on the ground ev’ry time a blogger gets mentioned
Khamenei said “Oy, if I get them boy, I’ll stick em in my house of detention!”
Well I’m on my way.. I don’t know where I’m goin
I’m on my way, maybe Evin, but I don’t know where
Goodbye Old Gloooooory, and the Constitution!
See you, me and Vanunu down by Dimona
I’m singing me and Vanunu down by Dimona
In a couple of days they come and take me away
But Assange let the story leak
and when inevitable Peace comes and gets me released
Imma be on the cover of Newsweek
Well, I’m on my way, but I don’t know where I’m goin’
I’m on my way, and I’m taking my time, but I don’t know where
Goodbye Old Glooooory, and the Constitution
Singing me and Vanunu down by Dimona
I’m singing me and Vanunu down by Dimona
See you, me and Vanunu down by Dimona
Apologies to Mr. Simon lol
PS – Richard please feel free to redact my post. The little text box for inputting your comment doesn’t allow me to realize if I’ve gone too far on your blog. I do so all the time 😡 Sorry.
“. . . the trick is the Palestinian conflict and Iran is the distraction, the escape valve that lets off steam when Israel fails to meet its obligations to negotiate an end to the conflict. What better way to turn the world’s attention away from Israel’s failure than to conjure the Iranian bogeyman who allegedly threatens not just Israel, but the entire world?”
And we can’t forget that Washington needs to distract the world from the WikiLeaks fiasco. It’s wag-the-dog time.
Welcome news if true.
“EU Initiative: Recognition of Palestinian state by next year.”
Haaretz, December 11
As an Israeli I really cannot understand why the hell don’t the Palestinians unilaterally declare independance, like other countries did in the past, and see who recognizes, etc.
I’m sure many countries will recognize once there is a declaration, countries that might not otherwise give advance recognition.
What do they have to lose???