Israel tolerates no criticism. Last May, it suspended HRC relations. It called its slaps on the wrist biased. It requested postponing the January 29 session.
According to HRC spokesman Rolando Gomez:
"A decision will be taken in the event Israel does not show up for its UPR." The council "will decide on a course of action. States are working very hard behind the scenes to come up with a solution."
In other words, instead of holding Israel accountable for crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide, Pillay wants Israel largely absolved.
UN investigators will report on whether settlements violate international law. Washington tried to prevent it. International law is clear. Israeli settlements are illegal.
Fourth Geneva's Article 49 states:
"Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive."
Investigations waste time. They reflect coverup and denial. Israeli settlements expanded for decades. They occupy over half of the West Bank and large portions of East Jerusalem.
Condemnation, sanctions with teeth, and isolating Israel politically should have happened long ago. It didn't then. It won't now.
Minor slaps on the wrist don't matter. Doing so lets Israel get away with murder. It does so repeatedly. Rhetoric doesn't substitute for accountability. Israel takes full advantage.
Its 19th Knesset represents hardened fascism. Netanyahu is one of many likeminded extremists. War criminals will dominate his cabinet. They support the worst rogue governance.
Settlement construction will accelerate. Neoliberal harshness will be prioritized. State terror will target Palestinians. They'll be punished for praying to the wrong God.
Washington and Israel partner in regional wars. Iran may be preemptively attacked. The entire region may be embroiled.
Innocent victims will suffer most. Millions more may die. Humanity may be threatened. Washington and Israel created crisis conditions. The most perilous time in world history exists.
Daily events should scare everyone. Permanent wars rage. More are planned. Conquest, occupation, colonization, and exploitation are prioritized.
Israel partners with Washington's crimes. They ravage one country after another. They wage war on humanity. Neither country tolerates peace. Human rights don't matter.