Posted by: maboulette | January 2, 2018

World Just Delivered a Stinging Rebuke to Trump Over Jerusalem


Trump said he’d cut aid to countries who criticized the US at the UN. They did it anyway.

Information from article by  Zeeshan Aleem

In a stinging rebuke of President Donald Trump’s controversial trumpecision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel earlier this month, 128 countries, including some of the US’s most trusted and reliable alliesvoted in favor of a United Nations resolution on Thursday calling for a reversal of his position. Only nine countries voted against it.


Though the resolution doesn’t explicitly refer to the US, it’s clearly directed at the White House. The measure declares that any changes to the status of Jerusalem “have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”


It also “calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem” — another shot at the administration, which announced plans to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


The closest thing the US got to support from allies was 35 abstentions. Friends of the US like Canada, Mexico, and Australia refrained from voting on the resolution — which means that while they didn’t support the US with a vote against it, they didn’t criticize the US either with a vote in favor of it.


While the passage of the resolution isn’t binding — meaning the US doesn’t actually have to reverse its position — it’s a stark illustration of just how isolated the United States is in its stance toward Israel.


Thursday’s vote took place at a rare emergency session of the 193-member UN General Assembly. Turkey and Yemen, on behalf of two international organizations of Arab and Muslim countries, called for the emergency session after the US vetoed a similar resolution at the UN Security Council on Monday. Unlike at the Security Council, the US does not have veto power at the broader General Assembly.


The administration made a concerted effort to swing countries to its side before the UN vote. Earlier in the week, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley promised the US would be “taking names” of those who voted against the US. She also sent a letter to the UN ambassadors of more than 180 member countries warning that any vote in favor of the resolution would be taken “personally” by the president himself.


President Trump suggested during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that he would withhold billions of dollars in aid for countries that voted against the US.

“Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot,” Trump said. “We don’t care.”

And in a speech before the General Assembly right before the vote on Thursday, Haley escalated things even further, threatening to cut off US funding to the UN over the vote.


“When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our good will is recognized and respected,” Haley said. “When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected.”

How can our country say this to our allies and expected anyone of them to watch our back when we are pulled into a war.  President Trump has no respect for any other country or their people.  Only the Republicans of our country who will eventually turn on him the first time he doesn’t do something they want him to do.



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