From Where I Sit
From Where I Sit

The Views and Personal Opinions of Joel Block

The International Court of Justice has rendered its verdict on the defensive wall that Israel is erecting as part of the fight against Palestinian terror. The verdict is not at all surprising, nor should it be. A look at the composition of the court is enough to show us that Israel never had a chance of a fair hearing in The Hague.

Shi Jiuyong, the President of the court is from China (the People’s Republic of), the Vice President, Raymond Ranjeva is from Madagascar, and the judges are from the following countries:

France
Sierra Leone
Russian Federation
United Kingdom
Venezuela
Netherlands
Brazil
Jordan
Egypt
Japan
Germany
Slovakia
The United States

Rounding out the list, the Registrar of the Court is from Belgium.

I tried to find out the voting records of each of these nations in the United Nations General Assembly on anti-Israel resolutions, but was only partially successful. The information I found pertains only to the votes of certain countries for the years 1998-1999, and covers 21 resolutions. The results are as follows:

China voted against Israel 20 times out of 21
France voted against Israel 17 times out of 21
The Russian Federation voted against Israel 18 times out of 21
The UK voted against Israel 17 times out of 21
Japan voted against Israel 17 times out of 21
Germany voted against Israel 15 times out of 21
The US voted against Israel 1 time out of 21
Further, two of the judges are from Arab countries. That both of these countries are at peace with Israel with diplomatic relations does not change the fact that they have consistently voted against Israel in the GA. I would like to point out that the anti-Israel resolutions in question were passed in 1998 and 1999, when the Oslo Peace Process was still going on.

The US Judge, Thomas Buergenthal, was the lone dissenting voice on the tribunal.

It is safe to say that the countries for which I don’t have details either voted against Israel or abstained from voting.

Given this information, should anyone have expected a different outcome in The Hague? Should any reasonable person have thought, even for a minute, that the ICJ would be influenced in the least by last week’s decision by the Israel High Court of Justice against part of the route of the fence? I don’t think so.

Joel Block, 2004

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Joel Block is a long-time friend of Rabbi Cassorla and has lived in Israel since 1968

Reprinted by permission.