All 15 members of the UN Security Council, except for the United States, voted in favor of a resolution put forward by Egypt on Monday that expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.” The Egyptian-drafted resolution said “that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.” (Emphasis added).
Haley took issue with the attempt by the Security Council to order the United States to comply with a resolution that would dictate to America where it placed its embassy in another country. “The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign pledge with his decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, which Israel has long considered its capital. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on his Facebook page to thank Trump and Haley for the veto.
When Trump announced his intention to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his decision was met with opposition from many world leaders. Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, was particularly incensed because he has been hopeful that East Jerusalem would be the capital of Palestinian state. He told Trump that the move will have “dangerous consequences.”
The UN’s Middle East peace envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, cited some of those “dangerous consequences” just before the vote on the resolution. “The situation has become more tense with an increase in incidents, notably rockets fired from Gaza and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.”
Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517 until that empire was on the losing side of World War I. Beginning in the 1800s, Jews began purchasing land in Palestine, and joining with the small number of Jews still living there. Since about 1890, Jews became the majority in Jerusalem. When the Turks lost the First World War, European nations took some of the Ottoman Empire, with the British obtaining a mandate in what was known as Palestine.
In 1948, Israel declared its independence, precipitating the first of several wars with its Arab neighbors. In 1967, as a result of the Six-Day War, Israel took over the eastern part of Jerusalem. In 1980, Israel declared the city its capital. The U.S. Congress later passed a law recognizing Jerusalem as its capital, but gave presidents the authority to waive that recognition, declaring the waiver every six months. Trump finally announced in early December that he would move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Israel has controlled for 50 years.
Numerous resolutions of the UN General Assembly have denounced Israel’s move to make Jerusalem its capital, though Jerusalem first became the capital of Israel about 1,000 years before Christ, and it is unlikely that Israel would ever give it up voluntarily. Thus, the stalemate between Israel and its Arab neighbors over the issue is most likely unresolvable.
During his 2012 campaign for president, Ron Paul stressed the issue of national sovereignty when he was asked about the “Jerusalem Question.” Paul replied, “The real issue here is not what America wants, but what does Israel want. If Israel wants their capital to be Jerusalem, then the United States should honor that.”
This is the issue that has been largely ignored by the American media and many American politicians. Now, the UN is not only threatening the sovereignty of Israel, with its attempted Security Council resolution. It also attempted to order the United States to waive its national sovereignty to decide whether our country can place our embassy where we wish it to be.
When the UN charter was adopted, one of its provisions was that it would not interfere in the domestic politics of its member nations. Yet, that is exactly what the UN is attempting to do to both Israel and the United States. It is a good thing that Trump’s UN ambassador raised the issue of national sovereignty in vetoing the Security Council resolution, which attempted to order the United States to change its policy.
An even better move would be for the Trump administration and Congress to withdraw our ambassador from the UN, withdraw our nation from the United Nations, and tell the UN to move its headquarters off our soil.
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The outcry over this tonight is predictable and immense. “International bullying,” tweeted Linda Sarsour. Yes, but Trump is the one who is standing up to it. The idea that the U.S. should subsidize its enemies and ideological foes is a hallmark of the failed foreign policy establishment that needs to be thoroughly repudiated.
“Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote,” by Roberta Rampton and Michelle Nichols, Reuters, December 20, 2017:
WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.________________________________________________________
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
The 193-member U.N. General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday – at the request of Arab and Muslim countries – to vote on a draft resolution, which the United States vetoed on Monday in the 15-member U.N. Security Council.
The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a letter to dozens of U.N. states on Tuesday seen by Reuters, warned that Trump had asked her to “report back on those countries who voted against us.”
She bluntly echoed that call in a Twitter post: “The U.S. will be taking names.”
Several senior diplomats said Haley’s warning was unlikely to change many votes in the General Assembly, where such direct, public threats are rare. Some diplomats brushed off the warning as more likely aimed at impressing U.S. voters.
According to figures from the U.S. government’s aid agency USAID, in 2016 the United States provided some $13 billion in economic and military assistance to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and $1.6 billion to states in East Asia and Oceania….
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The International Organization for Migration has launched ‘MigApp’ – a mobile phone app developed to “engage” and “empower” migrants and help them “migrate safely.”Big ambitions for an app! Any serious-minded migrant will work with authorities on settling and integrating, while jihadists and entitled Islamic supremacists who are out to subjugate the House of War will merely mock this silly app, in which:
One button directs users to the IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration service based across Europe….Another directs migrants to hundreds of organisations across the world where they can report people trafficking and “modern slavery” via its “Global Counter Trafficking Hotlines”.This app does not really appear to be aimed at migrants at all, but to capture the minds of more bleeding-heart Westerners through propaganda. This app will appeal to those who continue to be completely oblivious to the news from countries in Europe that have experienced a barrage of Muslim migrants. Those countries have had their foundations shaken as they experience expanding lawlessness and no-go zones. Their basic principles have been challenged by their leaders’ acceptance of barbaric practices in the name of “diversity” and “tolerance.” Their economies have been weakened due to high levels of sustained unemployment among Muslim refugees, many (if not most) of whom are not even seeking employment.
“UN Launches App to ‘Empower’ Migrants, Encourage Them to ‘Migrate Safely’”, by Victoria Friedman, Breitbart, December 19, 2017:
The International Organization for Migration has launched ‘MigApp’ – a mobile phone app developed to “engage” and “empower” migrants and help them “migrate safely”.
Introduced on Monday to coincide with International Migrants Day by the Geneva-based United Nations Migration Agency, MigApp is sold as a “one-stop-shop” app for migrants and “migrants-to-be” to find “services relevant to their specific migration process”.
The app descriptor boasts it gives information on migrant rights, risks, visa regulations, and intends to further the “IOM’s commitment to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society”, the UN agency hoping that one million migrants will be using the app by the end of 2018.
The app was launched prominently on the IOM’s website, with press releases heralding its arrival linking to posters and printable bumper stickers with a QR code to advertise the service.
Pitched nominally at legal migrants by prompting users to have valid passports and providing information on visas and immigration processes, the app is also angled towards non-legal and asylum-seeking migrants.
One button directs users to the IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration service based across Europe as a means of returning failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to their home country, aiding
them to “avoid the stigma of deportation and its negative repercussions”.
Another directs migrants to hundreds of organisations across the world where they can report people trafficking and “modern slavery” via its “Global Counter Trafficking Hotlines”.
Aiming to “provide a platform for migrants to share their experiences” and “connect migrants”, another feature is the “I am a Migrant” button where users can read stories of legal migrants and asylum seekers and share their own.
“‘I am a migrant’ is the UN Migration Agency’s campaign to promote diversity and inclusion of migrants in society. The campaign uses the testimonials of migrants to connect people with the human stories of resilience and courage,” the agency explains…..