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Two against the world

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in response to reader comment: Any Israeli appeasement and capitulations to Arab demands will bring more violence as past history has proven.

Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jan 2, 2018 at 03:05

"But the Arabs/Muslims will not be satisfied until they take over the whole world, not just Israel. It is time to face reality and stop deluding yourselves; we are dealing with Arabs/Muslims who for centuries cannot make peace between themselves; they are killing each other by the millions; and you expect them to make peace with Israel."

I agree completely.

People tend to treat the UN like a sacred cow; because without it, the powers of the world have no equivalent mechanism to keep one another from devouring each other. The structure is designed to preserve the post-WWII rule of the world by the five Allied powers: The US, Britain, France, Russia and (Nationalist) China collectively control the Security Council with their veto powers (The ROC lost it to Red China in the 1970s), which holds the military power of the organization. The General Assembly is a place for the former colonies, unimportant countries and defeated Axis powers (Germany, Italy, Japan, etc.) to have a voice in discussing things and enacting insignificant resolutions. It's a clumsy arrangement, but it works to an extent.

Little countries like Israel are something of an afterthought to the UN. What really matters to Israel, politically, is US policy toward her. UN votes are a continual reminder of the abiding antisemitism in the world, as well as the world's chafing at American leadership. Usually, UNGA votes bring forth both; sometimes only the US and Israel stand against the rest of the world. That's just the way it is.

There is a prophecy in the NT book of Revelation, about the "Two Witnesses". These are usually thought ot be two individuals; but I often see their characteristics in 1. the Jews and 2. the Church; because each, in its own way, testifies (i.e. "is witness") of an experience with the Creator. Politically, one can see a parallel with Israel, the Jewish homeland, and the US, the paramount Christian power. When UNGA votes come down to "two against the world", I think of those two witnesses.

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