President Donald Trump isn’t saving his political “shock and awe” just for Democrats. In a bold reaction to the longstanding anti-Israel policy of the Obama years, Trump has put the United Nations on notice that the U.S. is fed up with Palestinian manipulation and we’re not going to take it anymore.
The appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as the U.N.’s special envoy to Libya was expected to sail though the approval process, but Trump has withdrawn support in light of the Palestian leadership’s recent jockeying for greater influence within the organization.
Without U.S. support, Fayyad’s confirmation is unlikely. A U.N. spokesman denied a rumor that an Israeli would be appointed to another U.N. post by way of compromise, according to CNN.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said “going forward, the United States will act, not just talk, in support of our allies.”
In contrast to the longstanding U.S. tradition of supporting and protecting Israel, especially in the U.N., President Barack Obama’s time in office was fraught with tension between the two countries, and Obama was heavily implicated in recent anti-Israel U.N. actions near the end of his term.
President Trump is deeply committed to the Israel-Palestine peace process, said a source in the White House told The Washington Free Beacon, and his withdrawal of support for Fayyad was meant to put teeth in his message that Palestinians cannot use the U.N. as a stepping-stone to greater international power.
While Trump has made it clear that he will restore trust and friendship between the United States and Israel, he’s not giving Israel a free pass, suggesting that Israel’s West Bank settlement activity is not helpful to the peace process, according to Newsmax.
“I want Israel to be reasonable with respect to peace. I want to see peace happen,” Trump said. “I would like to see a level of reasonableness of both parties, and I think we have a good chance of doing that.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit the White House Wednesday.
President Trump gets it. “United Nations” doesn’t mean “subservient” nations. It doesn’t mean that we, as a nation, abandon our principles for someone else’s watered-down version of the common good.
They are 193 member countries in the U.N. The United Nations collects $8 billion each year from the United States. That’s 22 percent of the regular budget (more than 176 other nations combined), and 28 percent of the peacekeeping budget (more than 185 other nations combined), according to Fox News.
If they expect us to be the leader, they’d better get behind us.
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