Unlike previous Presidents, when President Trump says he will do something, count on it. I am proud of a President who stands up for us and our values. It’s my money, your money that goes to fund these savages who make a mockery of our compassion and humanity. Enough.
Ambassador Nikki Haley talked tough talk during United Nations remarks before a resolution vote that would condemn President Trump’s Jerusalem decision. “We will remember when so many countries come calling on us.”
The U.N. General Assembly voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions in favor of the resolution, a much smaller margin than the Palestinians hoped for, thanks to President Trump. And it’s way more than those nine, because if you look at the chart there are a number of countries that neither voted for, against, or abstained. They chose both do nothing. That is quiet support for us.
Clearly the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a caliphate-inspired Muslim world body that votes as ONE, was a given. There was never any doubt that the 56 Jew-hating Muslim nations (plus the “Palestinian Authority”) would vote against the Jews. The other 71 are vassal states, those already conquered by the jihad force, such as Germany, France, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway — terrified of their Muslim populations (the Arab street in Europe.) Of course, the South American countries such as Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile would vote against the Jews; those countries were havens for Nazi war criminals after the Holocaust. This is not surprising. Much of the world sided with Hitler, too, until he started to lose, that is.
That Hamas, a genocidal terrorist group, is thanking the UN speaks to the evil of that world body. The great irony here is that the U.N. was established in the wake of the Holocaust. The objective was to ensure that it never happen again. The world has changed a great deal from the time of the United Nations’ birth in 1945, and so has the United Nations. Ironically, it seems to exist now only to ensure that it does. Sixty years ago, democracies, both nascent and well-established, comprised the majority of the founding nations of the UN. The members of the General Assembly were strategically aligned primarily along what would become the lines of the Cold War. America was confident that the UN would be an organization which would work in tandem with American national interests in promoting the welfare of humankind and the basic rights of every human spirit.
That did not happen.
Cut them off. The fact is that Europe is on a steep decline. America, in the Trump era, is on the ascent again. This was not a smart move for many of these countries.
The good news is that these cretins have no say over us.
Ambassador Nikki Haley’s speech:
Thank you, Mr. President.
To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel. Both the current and the previous Secretary-Generals have objected to the UN’s disproportionate focus on Israel. It’s a wrong that undermines the credibility of this institution, and that in turn is harmful for the entire world.
I’ve often wondered why, in the face of such hostility, Israel has chosen to remain a member of this body. And then I remember that Israel has chosen to remain in this institution because it’s important to stand up for yourself. Israel must stand up for its own survival as a nation; but it also stands up for the ideals of freedom and human dignity that the United Nations is supposed to be about.
Standing here today, being forced to defend sovereignty and the integrity of my country – the United States of America – many of the same thoughts have come to mind. The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies. We do this, in part, in order to advance our values and our interests. When that happens, our participation in the UN produces great good for the world. Together we feed, clothe, and educate desperate people. We nurture and sustain fragile peace in conflict areas throughout the world. And we hold outlaw regimes accountable. We do this because it represents who we are. It is our American way.
But we’ll be honest with you. When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our good will is recognized and respected. When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected. What’s more, that nation is asked to pay for the “privilege” of being disrespected.
In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege. Unlike in some UN member countries, the United States government is answerable to its people. As such, we have an obligation to acknowledge when our political and financial capital is being poorly spent.
We have an obligation to demand more for our investment. And if our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our resources in more productive ways. Those are the thoughts that come to mind when we consider the resolution before us today.
The arguments about the President’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem have already been made. They are by now well known. The decision was in accordance to U.S. law dating back to 1995, and it’s position has been repeatedly endorsed by the American people ever since. The decision does not prejudge any final status issues, including Jerusalem’s boundaries. The decision does not preclude a two-state solution, if the parties agree to that. The decision does nothing to harm peace efforts. Rather, the President’s decision reflects the will of the American people and our right as a nation to choose the location of our embassy. There is no need to describe it further.
Instead, there is a larger point to make. The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.
America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that.
But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN. And this vote will be remembered.
ABC News, December 21, 2017:
The Latest on the U.N. vote on Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and related developments (all times local):
The Islamic militant group Hamas is welcoming a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”
In a statement, spokesman Fawzi Barhoum calls the resolution “a step in the right direction” and “a blow to (President Donald) Trump’s announcement.” He says the resolution emphasizes “the Palestinian right to the holy city.”
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, seeks a state in all of historic Palestine, including what is now Israel. The Western-backed Palestinian Authority, under President Mahmoud Abbas, claims Gaza and the West Bank as part of a future Palestinian state, with east Jerusalem as capital.
Israel views Jerusalem as its undivided capital.
The General Assembly voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions in favor of the non-binding resolution.
An aide to the Palestinian president is thanking countries that voted in favor of a U.N. resolution countering the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “despite all the pressure exerted on them.”
Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, appeared to be referring to a threat by President Donald Trump to cut off U.S. funding to countries that support the resolution, which called Trump’s Jerusalem recognition “null and void.”
Abu Rdeneh says in a statement Thursday to the official Wafa news agency that the vote reflects the support the Palestinians enjoy in the international community. He says the Palestinians will continue their efforts in international forums to help create a Palestinian state.
The U.N. General Assembly voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions in favor of the resolution, a smaller margin than the Palestinians hoped for, likely reflecting U.S. threats to cut funding for those who voted “yes.”
Israel’s prime minister says he completely rejects the “preposterous” U.N. resolution declaring the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as “null and void.”
Benjamin Netanyahu says in a video posted to Facebook that Jerusalem “always was, always will be” Israel’s capital. He also says he appreciates that “a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theater of the absurd.”
Netanyahu is thanking President Donald Trump for his “stalwart defense of Israel.”
Trump’s declaration on Dec. 6 departed from decades of U.S. policy, and international consensus, that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through negotiations.
Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel sees the city as its undivided capital. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, home to key Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy sites, as their capital.
The U.N. General Assembly has voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions to declare President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”
Thursday’s vote, while a victory for the Palestinians, was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for, with many forecasting at least 150 “yes” votes. It is noteworthy that 21 countries were absent.
In that sense, it was a victory for the United States, with Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision having an impact.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is threatening the 193 U.N. member states and the United Nations with funding cuts if the U.N. General Assembly approves a resolution calling President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”
Haley tells an emergency meeting of the assembly that “no vote in the United Nations will make any difference” on the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which will go ahead because “it is the right thing to do.”
She says “the United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very right of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.”
“We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” she says. “And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
Haley says Thursday’s vote “will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N. and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N., and this vote will be remembered.”
Yemen’s U.N. ambassador is introducing the U.N. resolution calling the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void” and urging all “peace-loving countries” to vote in favor of it.
Ambassador Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany calls President Donald Trump’s action “a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and the Arab nations, and all Muslims and Christians of the world.”
Alyemany, speaking as chair of the Arab Group at the U.N., is the first speaker at an emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.
He says the U.S. decision “is considered a dangerous violation and breach of international law.”
Alyemany says it threatens peace in the world, undermines any chance for peace in the Mideast “and only serves to fan the fires of violence and extremism.”
Turkey’s president has heavily criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for threatening to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he hopes the United States will be “taught a lesson” during a United Nations vote on the issue.
Speaking at a cultural awards ceremony in Ankara on Thursday, Erdogan accused Trump of seeking countries whose “decisions can be bought with dollars.”
Erdogan says: “Mr Trump, you cannot buy Turkey’s democratic will with your dollars. Our decision is clear.”
He adds: “I call on the whole world: Don’t you dare sell your democratic struggle and your will for petty dollars.”
Erdogan has been among the most vocal critics of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem.
The resolution being voted on Thursday is co-sponsored by Turkey, chair of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Yemen, chair of the Arab Group at the U.N.
Israel’s prime minister is blasting the United Nations as a “house of lies” ahead of a vote to reject President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Acknowledging that the resolution will likely pass by a wide margin, Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel “completely rejects this vote before it is made.”
Trump’s declaration on Dec. 6 departed from decades of U.S. policy, and international consensus, that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through negotiations. Netanyahu says Jerusalem is Israel’s capital regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s vote.
The Palestinians turned to the General Assembly after the U.S. vetoed a Security Council resolution calling on Trump to rescind his decision.
The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, home to key Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy sites, as their capital.
President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has raised the stakes in Thursday’s U.N. vote and sparked criticism at his tactics, which one Muslim group called bullying or blackmail.
Trump went a step further than U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley who hinted in a tweet and a letter to most of the 193 U.N. member states on Tuesday that the U.S. would retaliate against countries that vote in favor of a General Assembly resolution calling on the president to rescind his decision.
Haley says the president asked her to report back on countries “who voted against us” — and she stressed that the United States “will be taking names.”
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