Donald Trump feels as if he can bully the Senate and House, along with the rest of the country. Now that he has Republicans cowering over the Trump Tax Bill, he decided to bully the world, starting with the United Nations, but the result he got was not what he expected — or liked.
The commander-in-chief decided to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That decision was a colossal mistake for several reasons. The first is that he did it unilaterally and without any input from other countries, only from his son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner. Trump’s daughter’s husband comes from a family that is friends with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Another reason Trump made a big mistake was that he dropped a match in a very volatile area. Three major religions hold Jerusalem as their holy site: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. When Israel was carved out of several countries in 1947, it left many Palestinians without a country.
The U.S. believed the result would be a two-state solution, but that has not worked out. Instead, in 1967, Israel went to battle in the 6 Day War and illegally occupied the West Bank from Jordan, which included East Jerusalem.
The U.N. was not happy with Trump’s unilateral decision. Egypt drafted a resolution for the 14 other members of the United Nations’ special council, demanding that Trump rescind naming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vote was 14 to the U.S.’s one. There are several member countries whose vote counts as a veto: the U.S., the U.K., Russia, China, and France. Of course, Trump voted no.
Arab and Muslim states called for a rare special session of the 193-member UN General Assembly (UNGA). What did 45 do? He threatened to cut off financial aid to any country that backed the U.N. resolution in the General Session.
Trump sent U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, with a message. She was to collect the names of anyone “who voted against us.”
The U.S. leader’s message was:
‘They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.’
The UNGA condemned Trump’s unilateral decision as.
‘Null and void and must be rescinded (and urged each country to) refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the holy city.’
The U.N. General Assembly vote was taken Thursday. There were 128 votes to rebuke the U.S., nine votes with our nation, and 35 abstained.
‘Breaking News: In a stinging rebuke,the UN General Assembly condemned the U.S. decree on Jerusalem. The vote was 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions.’
The UNGA vote was a victory for the Palestinians, but apparently fewer than the supporters had wanted. They had anticipated 150 yes votes. Twenty-one countries chose to be absent for the vote.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon was adamant that his country would never be forced out of Jerusalem, The Times of India reported:
‘No General Assembly resolution will ever drive us from Jerusalem.’
The Palestinians do not have a regular member of the U.N., but they do have a permanent observer. Riyad Mansour hoped the U.N. resolution would gain “overwhelming support.
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