Boris Johnson er en fargerik utenriksminister. Men har han helt styr på hva han gjør og sier? Storbritannia har på kort tid avslørt selvmotsigende politikk overfor Israel i synet på bosettingene.
Johnson bekreftet overfor parlamentet tirsdag at hans departement var direkte involvert i formuleringen av resolusjonen som ble vedtatt i Sikkerhetsrådet.
“I remind the House that the UK was closely involved in its drafting, although of course it was an Egyptian-generated resolution,” Johnson said on Tuesday, according to a transcript of the proceedings. “We supported it only because it contained new language pointing out the infamy of terrorism that Israel suffers every day, not least on Sunday, when there was an attack in Jerusalem.”
Men ifølge andre kilder var Foreign Offices innblanding bredere.
Egypt had initially sponsored the resolution but then dropped it, allegedly following pressure from Israel. It was taken up by New Zealand, Senegal, Malaysia, and Venezuela.
Citing Israeli and Western diplomats, the Haaretz newspaper reported Tuesday that British officials worked with the Palestinians to formulate the resolution before the Egyptians drafted the document. Israel was not informed at the time of British involvement.
Even after the Egyptians backed away from the resolution, it was Britain that urged New Zealand to keep the resolution alive, the report said.
Reports that Britain played a key role in bringing the resolution to the Security Council first emerged days after the vote, with British officials saying the resolution was theirs, not the White House’s. The Jewish Chronicle quoted an unnamed senior British political source saying that by the time the text reached the 15-member body, it was “in effect a British resolution.” The Guardian similarly reported Britain “played a key behind-the-scenes role” in ensuring the resolution passed.
Benjamin Netanyahu mener å vite at Obama-administrasjonen var dypt innblandet. Uansett er det snakk om et linjeskift hvor to av Israels nære allierte skifter side.
UN Resolution 2334 was adopted on December 23 and supported by 14 out of the 15 members of the Council, including the UK. The US abstained and did not use its veto power to block the resolution that says Israeli settlements are in violation of international law, have no legal validity and demands an end to settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The resolution also denounces terrorism and incitement to violence.
Avstandtaken fra terror er kakepynt i forhold til at S-rådet benekter at Isrrael har rett til å bygge bosettinger og rett til Øst-Jerusalem. Særlig det siste oppfattes av Israel som en klar fiendtlig handling.
USAs avståing har for israelerne vært det endelig bevis for at Obama har vært mot dem hele tiden. Bare tyve prosent av israelerne oppfatter at Obama støttet Israel.
Men hva med UK? Theresa May stemte for, men har siden kritisert utenriksminister John Kerry for hans timelange foredrag om Israel og fredsforhandlingene som aldri førte frem.
Dette har ført til irritasjon i Washington.
In his December 28 address, Kerry defended America’s decision not to veto the UN resolution and focused overwhelmingly on settlements as a central cause of the failure to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He warned that Israel’s agenda was being set by extremists, criticized the composition of Israel’s government, and declared that the future of a two-state solution was being jeopardized by Israeli policy.
A day later a spokesman for May, who has expressed robust support for Israel in a series of recent speeches and messages, castigated Kerry’s speech, accusing him of a wrong-headed approach and of being unfair to Israel.
The US State Department hit back in bitter language of its own, denying that Kerry had been unfair to Israel, and implicitly accusing the UK of being hypocritical in voting for the UN resolution and then criticizing the secretary. “We are surprised by the UK Prime Minister’s office statement given that Secretary Kerry’s remarks — which covered the full range of threats to a two state solution, including terrorism, violence, incitement and settlements — were in-line with the UK’s own longstanding policy and its vote at the United Nations last week,” a State Department statement said at the time.
På toppen av det hele har Boris Johnson støttet Kerrys kritikk av bosettingene. So what will it be Theresa May? Denne oppvisningen er ikke tillitsvekkende. Den venstre hånden vet ikke hva den høyre gjør, og Johnson slår seg selv på munnen. Dette er ikke farverikt, det er forvirrende.
Referring to the US secretary of state’s speech, delivered at the State Department in Washington less than a week after the UN vote, Johnson proclaimed that “Kerry was completely right to draw attention to the illegal settlements and he was completely right to draw attention to the substance of Resolution 2334.”