The President explicitly said what Ambassador Haley implied:
“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.
United States Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley made a bold statement to the world today on Twitter. As the U.N. prepares to vote in the general assembly on a resolution condemning any move of an embassy to Jerusalem as President Trump announced last week, Haley warned that we “will be taking names.”
“At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”
At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4
— Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley (@AmbNikkiHaley) December 19, 2017
Privately, she sent a letter to U.N. member states reiterating her public post and declaring the importance of recognizing sovereignty. Portions of the letter also reached Twitter.
“To be clear, we are not asking for other countries [to] move their embassies to Jerusalem, though we think it would be appropriate. We are simply asking you acknowledge the historical friendship, partnership, and support we have extended and respect our decision about our embassy.
“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us. We will take note of every vote on this issue,” Haley wrote.
Haley and the Trump administration are turning this into a two-front attack on the U.N.’s approach to sovereignty. It isn’t just about Israel’s right to name their own capital. It’s also about America’s right to recognize the capital that we see fit. Declarations by the U.N. cannot be allowed to supersede decisions made between two sovereign nations just because others don’t like the decision.
This isolates both countries against a world that is increasingly anti-Israel and pro-Palestine.
Nations who have supported Israel in the past are having a difficult time supporter them and the United States today. The incessant push for a two-state solution has put many world leaders in a corner. If they accept Jerusalem as wholly part of Israel indefinitely, they run the risk of angering their Muslim populations. In today’s world where anti-Israel Muslim extremism turns to violence and terrorism, most countries are too afraid to acknowledge obvious truths.
They won’t acknowledge that a state of Palestine is unnecessary with so many Muslim-majority countries in the region and around the world.
They won’t accept that a nation the size of New Jersey cannot be divided further to the point that its enemies of the past that surround it could more easily invade if the current defensible positions are taken away.
They pretend like Jerusalem hasn’t been the capital of of the Jewish nation for over three thousand years, instead pointing to much more recent occupations as precedent.
The only thing that can maintain peace in this small portion of the chaotic region is having Israel in control of the land and the city. Splitting it with a two-state solution will mark the beginning of the end of peace. Most nations are running with the narrative that Jerusalem is a bargaining chip rather than the capital city of a sovereign nation. They say taking that chip off the table makes a peace deal impossible.
It’s time to start taking names. The U.N. and many member nations lean on the U.S. for so much. Why would we continue to be the bank, police, and punching bag for the world when they won’t even ‘allow’ us to acknowledge the sovereignty of one of our closest allies?
If Jerusalem was such a great bargaining chip, why has there been no lasting peace agreement? The U.S. didn’t recognize it as the capital for fifty years. The only things keeping peace from the land are the cowardly nations who are succumbing to fear instead of doing what’s right. Thankfully, the United States is no longer in that category.