In 1949, the United Nations voted to adopt General Assembly resolution 273, which stated, "…Israel is a peace-loving State and is able and willing to carry out the obligations contained in the (United Nations) Charter." With this, Israel became a member of the United Nations.

For the fledgling Jewish state, then not quite one year old, this was seen as a victory. After the vote was taken, Israel's foreign minister Moshe Sharrett called it a great moment for the new state and for Jewish people throughout the world, and expressed the hope that it represented Israel's entrance into full "membership in the family of nations."

In retrospect, there is not much cause for celebration. Throughout its history, the U.N. has consistently sided against Israel and for Israel's enemies. It has approved viciously anti-Israel measures such as the infamous "Zionism is Racism" resolution of 1975 (which was finally repealed in 1991, but only after much protest by Israel and the U.S.) For years, Israel was denied a seat on the U.N. Security Council, though even human rights violators such as Syria, Algeria, and the Congo were admitted as members. Of 10 emergency sessions called by the U.N. General Assembly, six have been about Israel — though no emergency sessions have been called to address ethnic cleansing in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, or Sudan.

Even as the U.N. has worked against Israel, Americans, and friends of Israel around the world, have stood by her. There are many reasons for this. Christians take seriously the biblical mandate to support the Jewish people and their right to live in peace and security in their homeland. And people of all faiths who cherish democracy look to the Middle East, where most of the countries are dictatorships or harsh religious theocracies, and see Israel for what it is — an oasis of freedom and liberty in a sea of oppression.

Later this month, the Palestinians are poised to vote on a Palestinian statehood resolution to the U.N. This unilateral move could have a disastrous effect on Israel, and kill any chances for peace. Today, I ask you to tell the world that the U.N. does not represent your values — that you stand for Israel, and against those who would threaten her peace and security. Join our campaign to tell the world that there is no “you” in U.N.!

Decades after its entrance into the U.N., Israel remains a peace-loving state — one still waiting for the fair treatment that comes from the "membership in the family of nations" Foreign Minister Sharrett spoke of in his speech. Let us pray that day will come soon, and that all the world will join with Israel’s friends, who know that a stand for Israel is a stand for democracy, freedom, and the rule of law, and against terror and tyranny.
With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
President, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews