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The United Nations vs. Rosh Hashanah

What happens if Israeli diplomats must work on the High Holiday?

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The United Nations compound in New York City.(Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

The 66th regular session (that is, year) of the United Nations General Assembly will formally open next Tuesday, September 13. It will be followed by two weeks of meetings, during which leaders from around the world will fly into New York, clog up midtown hotels, and tend to business in Turtle Bay. “General Debate” will occur on September 21-23 and again from September 26-30. This year, those periods are expected to be more eventful for Israel than usual, what with the Palestinian Authority’s fledgling but still apparently existing plans to push for some upgrade of status.

Which makes it especially inconvenient that, this year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 28, smack in the middle of that second period of General Debate. Moreover, unlike most two-day Jewish holidays, of which Israelis celebrate only the first days, observance of Rosh Hashanah extends all the way to sundown that Friday.

What would happen should Israel’s diplomats need to be executing their jobs on the yom tov? “The Israeli government and its representatives observe all national and Jewish holidays,” Gil Lainer, consul for media and public affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, told Tablet Magazine. “Any and all exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis when deemed necessary.” A couple weeks ago, Defense Minister Ehud Barak broke Shabbat to make a (successful) intervention into a burgeoning crisis with Egypt. One imagines a unilateral Palestinian statehood drive would qualify as similarly extenuating. And, anyway, we hear that it is the former period, from September 21-23, that is expected to be most eventful for the Jewish state.

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Isaac flaks says:

The UN has become useless and powerless and Obama is using them as away to avoid possible conflict with the Arab Muslim countries. We all know if the UN sanctions a Palestinian state it will be a launching pad for continuing missile attacks on Israel and a new place for terrorist attacks other places in the world possibly US soil. How Mr Obama can look away at this possible happening is perplexing and shows no humanitarian ideals as a liberal
So I do not think what the UN does really matters. So if Rosh hashanah is here and the Israelis do not appear at the UN does it matter.

Salomon Mizrahi says:

As like, soldiers, firemen and doctors, diplomats have the duty to defend their country and citizens…Pikuah Nefesh!

America should leave the UN and certainly not be the host country so that 3rd world dictators can have a sounding board!


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