Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN and the United States, explained very clearly to the UN Security Council that most of what the United Nations does is actually counterproductive. The United Nations has almost never taken any moves that can be called pro-Israel – certainly not in the last few decades.
David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister was famous, among other things, for not caring too much about what was said in the United Nations. But, whether we want to admit it or not, the United Nations is a central player in world diplomacy, and Israel should not ignore that.
But the United Nations and most countries cannot be relied on as peacekeepers or fair arbiters of any conflict around the world. Israel can only rely on itself in order to make sure that it’s fundamental existence is insured. This is one of the legacies that will certainly continue, way past the years of Netanyahu’s leadership. It is a central and timeless lesson that was driven home during the Holocaust. The only true insurance for the State of Israel is the Israeli Armed Forces, and all of it’s many branches. But, Israel is wise to keep it’s diplomatic channels open with Russia, moderate Arab countries, and even China. The United States is Israel’s most important ally. But the Obama – and now, the Biden – administration serves as ample proof that Israel can never assume that it’s friendship with the United States will be sufficient to insure it’s survival.