President Trump and his administration are proving themselves to be serious allies of Israel by reportedly giving the United Nations an ultimatum:Drop the anti-Israel bias or America’s bailing out.
The U.S. is expected to deliver these terms on Tuesday.According to The Daily Caller, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Saturday that Washington would decide whether to withdraw after a three-week session in Geneva, Switzerland wraps up this month, according to Reuters.
“When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong,” Haley said in a Washington Post op-ed.
U.S. Diplomat Michele Sison spoke out against what the U.S. considers “unfair singling out of Israel” during a closed session of the U.N. Security Council May 24. The U.S. has long been a critic of the council, leading to a three-year boycott from 2006 to 2009 under former President George W. Bush.The Trump administration took issue with the most recent U.N. report that asserted Israel was endangering the territorial viability of a potential sovereign Palestine by vastly accelerating the pace of housing announcements for Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
The U.S. historically vetoed U.N. Security Council resolutions that condemned Israel for years. That pattern changed in December when former President Barack Obama’s administration allowed a critical resolution to take effect by abstaining rather than vetoing the resolution.
Haley also asserted that membership on the Council must be determined through competitive voting, in order to keep human rights abusers from obtaining seats. “As it stands, regional blocs nominate candidates that are uncontested,” she explained in the op-ed. “Competition would force a candidate’s human rights record to be considered before votes were cast.”Much of the bias in the U.N. comes from the mistaken notion of Israeli colonialism, as if they’re an occupying force who does not belong in the area and are treating Palestinians horribly.
Truth of the matter is, Israel has a right to exist, to defend itself from attack, and to seek to have its voice heard on the global stage.
After eight years of being insulted by the previous administration, it’s refreshing to see Trump and his people backing one of our most important allies in the Middle East, understanding that without their help, the fight against terrorism is insurmountable.[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]