We are living at a moment when the international institutions of the global community are still at a formative early stage. As an international body, the United Nations is young and primitive, and will
fare no better than the primitive human community it represents. The U.N. is what the nations of the world will make of it, including Israel. The U.N. has had shining moments and disastrous moments, saving thousands of lives by its vision and gravitas, but also costing thousands of lives by occasional ineptitude or hypocrisy. Israel should care about what happens at the U.N. because countless Jewish scholars and activists, for centuries, from the time of the prophets to the present, have spoken of humanity's vision of the central and sacred importance of the rule of humanitarian law as the glue that can hold together a future global community.