December4 , 2022

    Perspective on UN Rejection Vote on US Decision to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

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    On Thursday, December 21, 2017, the United Nations presented for a vote the non-binding resolution which rejected the US decision to move its Embassy to Jerusalem, demanding the US President withdraw the recognition of Jerusalem at the capital of Israel.

    Nikki Haley concluded: “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.”

    Prior to the vote, United States Ambassador to Israel, Nikki Haley addressed the assembly. She pointed out that the United States was being singled out and disrespected for a decision that was solely theirs to determine. She also pointed out that the United States was by far the largest contributor to the United Nations and would ‘remember this day” as one the United States was disrespected by those who call upon us for help. In other words, we’re taking names and closing off our contributions to those who disrespect us today.

    She concluded: “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.”

    The vote for a non-binding resolution which rejected the US decision to move its Embassy to Jerusalem passed with 128 countries in favor, 9 countries rejecting, and 35 counties abstaining. Remaining true to its promise, on December 24, 2017 the United States cut the $285 million dollars from the UN 2018 budget. The US will “continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency‎ while protecting our interests,” said Ambassador Haley.

    In the end, Ms. Haley was quite clear: this isn’t about a vote against something that the US would carry out anyway. This was a line in the sand statement of global proportions. This vote isn’t just a statement to the United States and Israel. This is a statement – country by country – to the world, but especially to terrorist and militant groups, to opposing nations, and to the Muslim leaders. The statement is more than a capital recognition, embassy address, and political rhetoric; the US actions are moving into motion against all powers of war and terror that the United States will stand for Israel and the Jewish Nation come what may. The United States will not tolerate or be bullied by terror groups. The US, just like Israel, has the right to determine its own decisions and actions and the UN is not party to such.

    The day is remembered with rewards and repercussions as promised. This is only the beginning with so much more to come. Maybe peace. Maybe war. Maybe hate. Maybe joy. In the end, the United States of America stands with the historic truth of the true capital of Israel and this is greater than any response by the world who opposes this ideal. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and happy anniversary, Israel.

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