In a 128-9 vote today, the UN General Assembly voted to declare Trump’s reckless recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “null and void,” condemning the impulsive December 6 decision as “illegal, destabilizing, and a violation of international law.”
BREAKING: UN General Assembly votes 128-9 to declare US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital `null and void'
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 21, 2017
Before the vote, U.S. ambassador to the the U.N. and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley had said menacingly, “We’ll be taking names,” referring to the countries who would vote for or against the resolution.
She echoed our street thug president, who yesterday attempted to blackmail the general assembly out of voting against him:
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.
Unintimidated by American grandstanding, 128 countries voted to declare the Jerusalem decision “null and void.” Only nine voted against and 35 abstained. Even our major allies Britain, Japan, Germany, and France voted against us.
Though the vote is non-binding, it sets in posterity that the United States is acting like a rogue nation.
Like some kind of international mafia don, Haley again threatened the general assembly after the vote:
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution . . . “
She added that the Trump administration would be going forward with helping Israel transition its capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite near-universal opposition.
“That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do . . . This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN and this vote will be remembered,” said Haley. She is right, but for all the wrong reasons.
Many world leaders, including all prior U.S. presidents who have been involved in the Middle East peace process, have viewed the Jerusalem capital as a vital bargaining chip in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state in a two-state solution.
With its rash decision to move the capital, the U.S. has essentially sided entirely with Israel, effectively erasing the possibility of a two-state solution and thereby leaving only two options on the table: one state electorally dominated by a Muslim Palestinian majority or one state in which the Israeli minority levels a manner of apartheid over second-class Muslim citizens.
The U.N. was right to condemn Trump, despite his threats. He is an orange menace to American national security and world peace. Congress should vote to condemn him, too, so we can be rid of the danger to international stability he poses, once and for all.