Even as the anti-Israel faction of the United Nations tried to bully and smear the Jewish state with the recent UNESCO vote, their plans may have gone awry. Commentary's Jonathan Tobin writes that the anti-Israel resolution has actually made the world more aware of the unfair treatment and demonization Israel receives, hurting the Palestinian cause instead of helping it:
The world may have accepted Palestinian arguments about the “occupation” or the presence of Jews in the West Bank in settlements that are erroneously declared “illegal” as the prohibitive obstacle to peace. But when the Jewish state’s foes seek to declare Jerusalem a purely Islamic holy place, their ultimate purpose comes into view.
That the current “stabbing intifada” is rooted in PA incitement centered around canards about Israel intending to harm the mosques on the Temple Mount is a fact that is largely ignored in the international press. But when that incitement that views the Jewish presence anywhere in the country—even the most sacred sites in Judaism—as an illegal incursion, the true Palestinian goal of eliminating Israel moves out of the shadows and into plain sight.
The more the Palestinians deny Jewish history, the more they undermine faith in the possibility of a two-state solution among Israelis and the rest of the world. While anti-Zionism is in practice a thinly veiled form of anti-Semitism, the Palestinians’ “success” on Jerusalem strips away even that flimsy veneer. That’s why even countries that have always supported their efforts are now starting to back away. A few more such “successes” and it will be the Palestinians that find themselves isolated in international forums that were reliable Israel-bashers. The more they reveal the anti-Semitic nature of their refusal to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders may be drawn, the more they doom their cause to continued futility.