Finland latest Nordic nation to feel Israel's wrath.
"In reality, political leaders everywhere are growing tired of Israel and its policies. Israel can only ensure political allies abroad by dumping loads of money from wealthy Jews - individuals like gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson and media mogul Haim Saban - into the political coffers of its “rented” politicians"
presstv To everyone’s surprise, tiny Luxembourg, which has never before been a member of the UN Security Council, edged out Finland to be elected to a two-year seat on the UN body.
There is a strong suspicion in Helsinki that Israel exacted “price tag” revenge in lobbying against a Finnish seat on the Security Council because of past statements by members of the center-left Finnish government of National Coalition Party Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen against Israeli treatment of the Palestinians and the fact that the Estelle, the latest ship that tried to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza, is registered in Turku, Finland and was flying the Finnish flag. Price tag attacks have been behind Jewish attacks on mosques and Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches and shrines in Jerusalem. Jews carry out such attacks as the “price tag” for pressure brought by Palestinians and Christians against Israeli expansionist policies in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Just a few days after Finland lost its Security Council bid, a man wielding a knife tried to assassinate Prime Minister Katainen in Turku, the home port of the Estelle. Katainen’s security guards stopped the attempted assassin and the prime minister was not hurt.
Australia, which adheres to a very pro-Israeli line under the government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Luxembourg, edged out Finland for the two UN Security Council seats reserved for Western nations. Finland received 108 votes in the General Assembly in the first round in which 129 votes were required for election but saw its vote drop to 62 in the second round.
Israeli ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor has made it a policy to use Israel’s immense lobbying machinery to lobby member states of the UN in the same manner Israel lobbies members of the US Congress and members of the parliaments of other nations. In June, Prosor was elected as one of the vice presidents of the General Assembly, a position from he can influence the votes of General Assembly members.
Finnish Social Democratic Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said that expected support for Finland from Africa and certain Latin American states failed to materialize in the second round. It has been well-documented that Israel and the United States put tremendous pressure on small countries in Africa and the Caribbean to vote against Palestine in the General Assembly and not to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, pressure exerted on behalf of the US-Israeli client nation of Georgia.
The three leftist parties of the Finnish coalition government have been singled out for criticism - the Social Democrats, Left Alliance, and Green League - for their pro-Palestinian platforms. The moderate conservative National Coalition Party - of which the moderate-liberal Katainen is a member - has traditionally been supported by some of the Lutheran Church hierarchy. The Finnish Lutheran Church has also been attacked by Israel for its support for Palestinian human rights causes.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja enraged Israel by stating that Israel had implemented the same policy toward Palestinians that the Jews were subjected to in the 1930s. Equating Zionism with Nazism [Zionists merely project onto the Germans] will earn anyone making the charge the total enmity and wrath of Israel and its Jewish supporters around the world. Tuomioja has also referred to Israel as an apartheid state, a view shared by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and he has called for a ban on Finnish arms exports to the Jewish state. Based on Tuomioja’s statements, Israel believed that the Estelle’s running of the Gaza blockade had the support of Finland’s foreign ministry, something that would have called the Israel Lobby to arms over Finland’s Security Council bid.
Culture Minister Paavo Arhinmaki of the Left Alliance accused Israel of launching a genocide against the Palestinian people. Under Social Democratic Education Minister Jukka Gustafsson, the ministry sponsored a peace conference featuring anti-Zionist Israelis and Palestinians. In fact, the anti-Zionist Swedish-Israeli national Dror Feiler financed the Estelle operation through his Turku-based company Northern Breeze.
The Finnish Green League has also come under criticism from Israel and the global Jewish Lobby for its pro-Palestinian activism. The Greens have also equated Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians to the Nazi treatment of the Jews and other minorities.
With Prosor using his General Assembly leadership base it was not difficult for the Israelis to turn the tide against Finland. Australia, where Israel exercises immense influence over the Gillard government, was assured of a Security Council seat. Australia, along with the United States, Britain, France, Guatemala (which is represented by its Jewish ambassador Gert Rosenthal), Azerbaijan, Rwanda, and South Korea, a majority of the 15-members, will ensure that the Security Council beats down any pro-Palestinian initiatives during the next year.
For Israel, Luxembourg must have been considered the lesser of two evils. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, a left-wing member of the Social Democrats, considers Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to be “arrogant,” maintains that Israel turned Gaza into a “prison,” and has called for a freeze in the European Union’s relations with Israel if the Jewish state does not abandon its refusal to negotiate in good faith with the Palestinians.
In reality, political leaders everywhere are growing tired of Israel and its policies. Israel can only ensure political allies abroad by dumping loads of money from wealthy Jews - individuals like gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson and media mogul Haim Saban - into the political coffers of its “rented” politicians.