Defying Trump, U.N. General Assembly Condemns U.S. Decree on Jerusalem
ed note–as we have said here, going all the way back almost a year ago with then-Sec of State John Kerry’s statement that any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by the US would result in a ‘regional explosion’ that could/would then be used by Trump in putting the heat on Israel vis a vis peace negotiations with the Palestinians, NONE of this has taken place without Trump, Inc knowing full well ahead of time what was forthcoming.
Every armchair ‘expert’ in this ‘muuvmnt’ always, inevitably and without hesitation–throws out that Latin phrase whenever some highly-charged act (resulting in some political tectonic shift) takes place in the interest of discovering who the likely culprit was/is– ‘Cui bono’, meaning ‘who benefits from this’?
Interestingly, no one, save a few isolated voices of sanity within ‘DUH-M’, are asking who the real winner was with Trump’s infamous ‘declaration’.
Was it the US?
Was it Israel?
The only people who have benefited from this have been the Palestinians, in that world attention has been turned DRASTICALLY AND DRAMATICALLY in their favor as NEVER BEFORE.
THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS JUST CONDEMNED ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES AND YET WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT TRUMP AND HIS PEOPLE DID NOT KNOW THAT THIS WOULD BE THE INEVITABLE RESULT?
Of course he did, and this is why he did it–to put the squeeze on Nutty Netty and make life as uncomfortable for him as possible in what was/is this necessary precursor in dragging him to the negotiations table and getting some kind of resolution started to this situation in the Middle East before the entire world goes up in flames.
But naaaah, it just makes much more sense that somehow, the President of the United States, with all the resources at his disposal, didn’t know that this backlash would ensue and therefore he did it only to please Israel.
A majority of the world’s nations delivered a stinging rebuke to the United States on Thursday, denouncing its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ignoring President Trump’s threats to retaliate by cutting aid to countries voting against it.
In a collective act of defiance towards Washington, the General Assembly voted 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, to demand that the United States rescind its Dec. 6 declaration on Jerusalem, the contested holy city.
The resolution is nonbinding and therefore largely symbolic, but the lopsided vote indicated the extent to which the Trump administration’s decision to defy a 50-year international consensus on Jerusalem’s status has unsettled world politics and contributed to America’s diplomatic isolation.
Major allies like Britain, France, Germany and Japan all voted for the resolution, though some allies, like Australia and Canada, abstained.
Carrying out a promise to his base of supporters, Mr. Trump’s decision on Jerusalem upended decades of American policy, aggravating an emotional issue that has festered since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war when the Israelis occupied the entire city.
Many Security Council resolutions since then, which have the force of international law, have warned that Jerusalem’s status is unresolved, that claims of sovereignty by Israel are invalid and that the issue must be settled in negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Israel denounced Thursday’s vote, likening it to a 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism, a decision that was repealed in 1991 after intensive American lobbying. “It’s shameful that this meeting is even taking place,” Israel’s envoy to the United Nations, Danny Danon, told the body.
The American ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, called the vote “null and void,” declaring that “no vote in the United Nations will make any difference” on the decision to move the embassy, which she called “the right thing to do.”
Echoing vows by Mr. Trump to keep score, Ms. Haley said, “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 said. “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.”
Diplomats brushed aside what appeared to be a hastily organized pressure campaign by the White House, including last-minute threats by Mr. Trump to cut off aid to countries voting for the resolution.
“History records names, it remembers names — the names of those who stand by what is right and the names of those who speak falsehood,” said Riad Malki, the Palestinian foreign minister. “Today we are seekers of rights and peace.”
He said that the Palestinians “will not be threatened,” and that the United States had insisted on “ignoring the dangerous repercussions of its decision.”
The Israeli government was equally defiant. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at the dedication of a new hospital in the city of Ashdod, declared before the vote that “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, whether the U.N. recognizes it or not.”
The outcome, which many diplomats said privately was a foregone conclusion, deepened Mr. Trump’s isolation over the issue, threatened to alienate Arab allies of the United States and may have further complicated prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The vote also reflected resentment toward threats by Mr. Trump and Ms. Haley that any country supporting the resolution risked a cutoff in aid. The willingness of other countries to ignore or play down such threats suggested that they had concluded that Mr. Trump was making them for domestic political reasons. It is also difficult to see how he could make good on a vow to cut financial assistance to important allies like Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.
Nonetheless, the overwhelming rejection of the American shift of position on Jerusalem, on the world’s biggest diplomatic stage, was a setback for a president who is still looking for a major foreign achievement after nearly a year on the job.
The General Assembly resolution, drafted by Yemen and Turkey, cited numerous past resolutions on Jerusalem and urged nations to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions.” The consensus under international law is that East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, should be the future capital of a Palestinian state.
The resolution does not mention the United States by name, but it calls for a “reversal of the negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-state solution.”
The General Assembly resolution was introduced a few days after a nearly identical resolution in the 15-member Security Council was vetoed by the United States — the lone no vote — an outcome that stoked Mr. Trump’s anger.
“All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday.
“Well, we’re watching those votes,” he said. “Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
On Tuesday Ms. Haley sent an email to General Assembly members, urging them to back the United States on the issue.
She argued that Mr. Trump’s Jerusalem declaration had not prejudged the outcome of any negotiations and “does not foreclose any of the options considered by Israelis and Palestinians for decades.”
But she also invoked a threat by Mr. Trump, writing: “The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue.”
It was not the first time that Ms. Haley had used this language at the United Nations. Soon after taking her post in January, she said, “You’re going to see a change in the way we do business.” The United States, she said, would back its allies and expected their backing in return. “For those who don’t have our back,” she added, “we’re taking names.”
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