Today's Vote in the United Nations Was Not a Defeat for the US or a Win for the Palestinians

As has been mentioned several times on the front page this morning, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly for a meaningless resolution condemning the US for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The vote was both remarkable and unremarkable. The unremarkable part was that a two-fer vote that allowed Third World kleptocracies and their EU enablers to bash Israel and the United States was a sure winner.


The remarkable part was being lectured by Syria and Venezuela on integrity and human rights and watching Russia, which has already declared Jerusalem to the capital of Israel, vote to condemn us for the same thing.

The most remarkable thing about the vote was that the Palestinians were disappointed.

Thursday’s vote, while a victory for the Palestinians, was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for, with many forecasting at least 150 “yes” votes.

While the official total is 128-9, it is not trivial that 35 nations abstained from the vote and another 21 did now show up to vote.

This shows a significant weakness on the part of the Palestinian cause and one has to guess the ferocious opposition to the resolution by President Trump, and spearheaded in the UN by Ambassador Haley, is the reason the Palestinian whip count was off by 20%.


The next part of the equation is holding Trump accountable for his threat to cut assistance to nations that voted against us. He was right to make the threat but unless he acts on it, it will have done more harm than good. The US is by far and away the largest contributor to the UN.


We need to make it clear that we are not a pinata that these piss-ant countries can whack with a stick and get gifts in return. If Trump is true to his word, and his instincts, this will turn out to be a very costly stunt for the Palestinian terrorists and their enablers.



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