The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish synagogue organization, today expressed its outrage at the passage of the United Nations General Assembly resolution to send the issue of Israel’s security fence to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague for an advisory opinion on its legality under international law. This not only harms Israel’s fight against terrorism, but undermines the integrity of The Hague. Though efforts to pass this type of resolution in the Security Council were thwarted, this resolution was passed by the General Assembly as another example of the plethora of anti-Israel resolutions emanating from the GA.
The fence is an Israeli effort to try and foil the infiltration of terrorists who have claimed more than 800 Israeli lives in the past three years. The fact that the United Nations chooses to continue to isolate Israel in a continuous barrage of anti-Israel resolutions, to the point of even undermining the credibility of the ICJ, is another sad example of the UN failing to live up to its Charter and raison d’etre. The ICJ must not be abused by those who try to misuse it to seek their own political gains. There may be many negative repercussions on Israel as a result of this resolution and, if the ICJ continues to be misused as a political weapon, many other countries may be affected as well and the cause of international justice and peace will not be served.