'Palestine' – it's not a state

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

John Bolton on 'Palestine'The United States reiterated its Middle Eastern policy on Wednesday using "air quotes."

During a press conference on Wednesday, National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the U.S. was withdrawing from a half-century-old agreement it had with the United Nations that obligated America to resolve disputes in a U.N. court. (See more details below)

"This is in connection with a case brought by the so-called state of Palestine naming the United States as a defendant challenging our move of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Bolton explained.

Then came this question from the press:

Reporter: "You just addressed Palestine and said it is the 'so-called state.' Is that language productive in achieving the ..."

Bolton: "It's accurate. It is not a state."

"John Bolton ... is so right. There's never been a Palestinian culture; there's never been a Palestinian language. These are Arabs who came from Syria, Jordan, Egypt. [Former PLO leader] Yasser Arafat was an Egyptian – he wasn't a Palestinian."

"[The Trump administration knows] Palestinians are just going to walk away and just call for war because that's all they want. They want Psalm 83: 'Come let us wipe out the very memory of Israel's existence.' So that's what their purposes and goals are."

Jan Markell, founder and director
Olive Tree Ministries
(on American Family Radio)

Bolton went on to lay out what it would take to become a state, including one requirement unlikely to ever happen.

"It's not a state now," he repeated. "It does not meet the customary international law test of statehood – it doesn't control defined boundaries; it doesn't fulfil the normal functions of government. There are a whole host of reasons why it's not a state. It could become a state, as the president said, but that requires diplomatic negotiations with Israel and others."

Bolton pointed out that in 1988, Palestine decided to declare itself a state – but ...

"We don't recognize it as the state of Palestine. We have consistently, across Democratic and Republican administrations, opposed the admission of 'Palestine' to the United Nations as a state because it's not a state."

And to emphasize the point, Bolton used the "air quote fingers" at the last mention of the word "Palestine." (Watch video below) 

Um ... say what?

Frank Gaffney, president and CEO the Center for Security Policy, says President Trump shouldn't comply with the order of the ICJ to lift some of the U.S.-imposed sanctions against the Iranian regime.


"There's no evidence that I'm aware of that the United States government is going to accede to this international court's ruling and lift sanctions on any part of what the Iranian regime is doing – nor should it," he emphasizes.

Gaffney adds that it should not be forgotten that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. "And [it's] one that has shown itself adept at taking advantage of the fungibility of money to apply whatever is given to them to activities that are deeply inimical to our vital interests," he states.

The U.S. is expected to challenge the court's jurisdiction in a future as-yet-to-be-determined hearing.

When a United Nations court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift certain sanctions it has levied against Iran, the White House responded – in effect – Excuse me? Who are you again?

A judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, ordered the U.S. to lift sanctions on medicines, food and airplane parts to Iran. In a preliminary ruling, according to an AP report, the court said that Washington must "remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from" the re-imposition of sanctions to the export to Iran of medicine and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities and spare parts and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation.

National Security Advisor John Bolton, responded during the press conference yesterday.

"We are disappointed that the ICJ failed to recognize that it has no jurisdiction to issue any order with respect to sanctions the United States imposes to protect its own essential security under the treaty," he said.

The court ruled the U.S. had violated a treaty of goodwill it had set up with Iran in the 1950s – well before the Islamic revolution that would lead to the country to become the world's foremost exporter of terror.


"The [Iranian] regime cannot practice animosity in its conduct and then ask for amity under international law," Bolton added.

America's initial response to the ICJ may only be the beginning, he continued: "Given this history and Iran's abuse of the ICJ, we will commence a review of all international agreements that may still expose the United States to purported binding jurisdiction dispute resolution in the International Court of Justice."

He noted that when countries try to pull the U.S. into the international court, it's never to address a criminal matter. "The United States will not sit idly by as baseless, politicized claims are brought against us," Bolton concluded.

10/5/2018 - Markell's comments added.

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