I blogged earlier on the concern that the "humanitarian intervention" in Libya will not fail to be picked by Israel's enemies as a precedent to pressure the US, EU and UN to apply it to Israel's defensive actions. This was dismissed as nonsensical, even though the Turkish government had already suggested it.
But as I already suggested, the risk grows as Hamas seems intent on forcing another war on Israel. And like clockwork, Tundra Tabloids reports:
It’s come to this. The junior partner in the Norwegian government, the Socialist Left Party of Kristin Halvorsen, (Sosialistisk Venstreparti), plans to vote on a measure calling for military action against Israel if it decides to act against the Hamas in Gaza.
Omri Ceren (European Left Applying Libya Precedent to Israel, Calling for Military Action) also sees what I see:
... with due deference to Norway’s status as a particularly toxic cesspool of anti-Israel incitement, the idea won’t stay in Oslo. Ambassador Rice and President Obama have succeeded in linking the use of national force with a particularly flexible interpretation of international humanitarianism. Contemporary international humanitarianism, in turn, is a pretext seething activists and government officials use to obsess over Israel. With every juridical tool imaginable already being turned against the Jewish state, it’s inevitable that this newer and more expansive precedent will soon become very popular.
Omri has warned about the seriousness of this before (“Responsibility To Protect,” Not Remotely New):
Nothing’s better than when the UN shoehorns “new security and human rights norms” into Chapter VII resolutions:U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also said on Thursday that the justification for the use of force was based on humanitarian grounds, and referred to the principle known as Responsibility to Protect (R2P), “a new international security and human rights norm to address the international community’s failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”
Once this kind of stuff gets stuffed into the UN, the probability of it being used against israel is 1. After all, what else does the UN do other than obsessing about and delegitimizing Israel?
Those who dismiss this concern underestimate the degree to which anti-Israel and anti-semitic sentiments bordering on the rabid have been instilled by the Western media and elites into their public. It's not the murderous barbarism of the Palestinians--incited by the PA and Hamas--that is conveye, but rather the "extremism" and "racism" of the Jews.
Melanie Phillips, who has been documenting and combating these crimes of omission and distortion by the UK media, was interviewed on Israel TV and pointed out how the UK media systematically presented the Itamar murders as the fault of the victims--extremist settlers who "asked for it". When she called the Palestinian spade the spade it was -- savagery -- she was investigated by police at the complaint of UK muslims (see previous post), who are obviously more concerned with her expressing the truth about the genocidal acts of their Palestinian co-religionists than with those acts themselves.
Given all this, is there any wonder that surveys present Israel as the most dangerous factor in the world, a higher risk to world peace than the Islamists, including Iran? While Arab regimes in Syria, Libya, Yemen and Bahrein kill demonstrators, the UN has, as usual, has accused Israel of misdeeds on the Golan Heights.
In such circumstances, does it make sense to doubt that the Libyan precedent will, in some not too distant future, be applied to Israel? It is, for all practical purposes, made for Israel. What is quite surprising is that it has not been applied already.