december: *Why not assume that Israel request is sincere? It’s a reasonable request of the UN, not an attempt to embarass them.
When Reuters says this request is an attempt to embarass the UN, they are saying the request is insincere. *
You seem to be mixing up two different issues here:
whether it is reasonable to request UN Relief and Work Agencies officials in refugee camps to “help stop” suicide bombings;
whether that request, reasonable or not, was made by Israel in all sincerity or as an attempt to “embarrass” the UN.
Taking issue (2) first, the article’s basis for describing Israel’s motive as intent to embarrass seems to be the following:
Israel and the UN are often at loggerheads: “Israel has a history of tension with the United Nations and is bitter about abortive U.N. efforts to send a fact-finding mission to Jenin.”
Israel is upset with the UN about their response to the Jenin events: “Israel […] was incensed at remarks by U.N. Middle East envoy Terje Roed-Larsen in April that the Israeli army used “morally repugnant” tactics in its assault on Jenin refugee camp.”
Israel is not just requesting assistance in this from UNRWA, it’s also accusing them of ignoring and/or fostering terrorism in refugee camps: “Israel says UNRWA turns a blind eye to militant activities…[Israeli foreign ministry advisor Alan] Baker [charged that UNRWA] was guilty of ‘emotional incitement’ in Jenin.”
Given this ongoing antagonism, you don’t need to be biased against Israel to come to the conclusion that if Israel is publicly making an official request to the UN, it’s probably doing so in order to score political points rather than as a humble plea for help. Governments and organizations do this kind of political fencing all the time; I’m rather surprised that you would think it an unusual and malicious diagnosis that could only have been inspired by prejudice against Israel.
I’m also a little surprised that you would consider a description of Israel as “attempting to embarrass the UN” as a negative reflection on Israel. From most of your threads on these topics, I get the impression that you don’t approve of UN policies and think they deserve to be embarrassed, so I would think you’d be pleased to see a newspaper article saying that Israel is attempting to do so.
As for issue (1), whether it’s reasonable to request UNRWA to “help stop suicide bombings”: well, what exactly do you think that they should do about them? As the article notes, UN Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan has said that “no one, including Israel, wanted [UNRWA] to have security or intelligence functions.” If they don’t have security or intelligence functions, just what kind of action against Palestinian terrorism are you or Mr. Baker expecting them to take?
First of all, one part of giving away money ought to be seeing that it’s used properly. So, UNRWA ought to be able to do that.
They have a detailed budget of their income and expenditures by programme and field. What items of that budget are you claiming they are not using properly? If what you’re claiming is that recipients of UNRWA aid may be using the money improperly without UNRWA’s knowledge, exactly what do you expect UNRWA to do about that if they don’t have security or intelligence functions?
*Secondly, the UN could try providing additional support from other agencies, if need be. *
But Israel was not requesting the UN to “provide additional support from other agencies”; it was requesting UNRWA in particular to “help stop suicide bombings”.
Let us know exactly what specific actions you think UNRWA should take, or you think Israel thinks UNRWA should take, and then we can figure out if that constitutes a “reasonable request” or not. At present, Mr. Baker’s vague “Please do something” sounds at best completely unhelpful and at worst like a veiled accusation.