The global backlash against President Trump’s recent declaration hat Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel is setting the stage for a major showdown at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, a vote which is expected to be overwhelming opposed to Trump’s statement.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had been making vague warnings of punishment for nations that resist the US on the matter, and President Trump is said to like that idea so much that he’s now overtly threatening to cut off foreign aid to any nation that dares vote against him at the General Assembly.
While the administration seems to be betting this will lead to massive capitulation worldwide, it’s still virtually certain that the resolution will pass by a wide margin. Voting for the US, and by extension, Israel, is unthinkable across the Muslim world, and it’s also hard to imagine that any of the Security Council nations, who already voted against the US, would willingly change course now, when it would be so transparently a reaction to US threats.
But if Trump doesn’t get his way, that too raises an interesting question. For instance, if the vote was 191-2 or some other overwhelming defeat for the US, as some have predicted, it’s going to be awfully hard for President Trump to make good on his threats, since it would mean effectively ending American foreign aid to everyone but Israel.
That’s not likely to sit well with many of the longer-serving US officials, who see foreign aid as “buying influence” abroad. It’s also hard to imagine, having ignored US law on not giving military funding to juntas, that the US will suddenly defund all the world’s juntas at once over Jerusalem.
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The vote in 2016 on settlements (resolution 2334, Dec 2016) was unanimous at the security council with the USA abstaining. A general assembly vote on this issue at hand however would be a bit different since this is about the embassy move that could be seen as less important than settlements. It doesn’t much matter Israel and the USA ignored the UN resolution 2334 in fact Trumps family and some congressmen and senators transferred funds for building settlements so they have no regard for the UN or any laws as does Israel. Unless it is the UN allowing them to bomb Libya or some other country then they how the resolution high and point to it on every opportunity.
Meanwhile, the THEFT of YOUR MONEY continues as does the transfer of that money to the genocidal, apartheid state of Israel. AIPAC wins again.
I certainly would not be surprised to see huge capitulation by most beggar nations. We will find out soon enough how many.
If the nations of the world really had some balls, Palestinians would already have their state, even if a rump one.
Beggar nations? – I know of only one. What a freaking joke – the only nation that gets substantial aid from America is Israel itself. Egypt and Jordan get a little – when they are convenient.
Note to JoeDokes999 (below): the dancing on 9-11 was by Israelis – they knew that we would blame the Arabs. The fake newscast of that day showing Palestinian kids celebrating was a previously recorded shot of candy-bribed kids – recorded by another devious Israeli photographer for just such an occasion. Israel – may the Almighty, direct a comet right to it.
Another masterpiece of policy. Any nation that votes with the US and Israel either supports the embassy move on principle, or sold themselves for 50 pieces of silver. A vote with the US will identify a country as a US lackey.
In Trump’s statecraft, there is no foreign aid, just foreign bribes.
Organized crime’s president only understands threats and bribes
USA should cut off all foreign aid, anyway.
That is bad news for Boeing and Lockheed and GE.
“…it would mean effectively ending American foreign aid to everyone but Israel.”
Well, that’s a good start.
True. And then cut off Israel.
In order to do that…we’d have to convince the voters to replace 3/4 of the bought-and-paid-for Congress. I’m not holding my breath waiting for that to happen.
Most “aid” is used to bribe foreign officials to sell out their country and/or a subsidy for US corporations. The one exception: Israel.
What a dumb ass. All in favor of Israel’s interests. Any one who voted for this guy was a chump
Not that it would be different with Hillary. There would just be more subterfuge and it would be more difficult to identify the problem. That the US serves the interests of Israel not the other way around.
The “aid” given by the USA is a pathetically small part of its GDP, is targeted to buy influence and usually to ensure violence and overthrow of non-subservient governments, and more goes to Israel than most anyway. Most foreign populations would be better off without it.
Why is it that Trump takes everything personally and is so self-obsessed, yet gets away with it in the most powerful country in the world claiming to be a democracy?
Thug politics from the mob president
So they got 9 “no” votes after all those threats and bribes. Maybe we don’t scare folks all that much anymore. Good.
So did the Germans in 1943 Warsaw.
I feel very confident now that the political clout of the US is elevated to that of the likes of Nauru and Palau. With such powerful allies on our side, what could possibly go wrong?
Safer, healthier lives in what used to be their land, now ruled by the new Nazis? Try reading first-hand accounts in Max Blumenthal’s great book, Goliath: Live and Loathing in Greater Israel.
Israel was built on genocide. Hasabra trolls’ bullshit not withstanding.
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