Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thinks Israeli settlements are causing dangerous global warming.
At the UN Earth Day ceremony in New York on Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed the “Israeli occupation” for global warming. The ceremony was intended to mark the signing of an agreement reached at an international summit in Paris last December, but Abbas seized the opportunity to engage in Israel bashing.
Abbas took the podium and addressed the representatives of 193 nations gathered to address global environmental issues. “The Israeli occupation is destroying the climate in Palestine,” Abbas declared, “And the Israeli settlements are destroying the environment in Palestine. Please help us stop the occupation and the settlements.”
Regardless of your position on the Israel / Palestine situation, suggesting that Israeli settlements contribute significantly to global warming is utterly implausible. But this latest twist in climate politics simply adds tension to a situation which has been brewing, since Palestine was admitted a few days ago, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
If the US continues to fund the UNFCC, or fulfils Paris “pledges” to contribute to the UNFCC climate fund, not only is this a violation of current US law, there is a serious possibility some US provided money might be diverted to help fund terrorist attacks.