Future of Jerusalem: Trump threatens to cut aid to UN members
over Jerusalem vote
December 18, 2017
Donald Trump has threatened to cut aid to countries that vote against his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session on Thursday to vote on a resolution that doesn’t mention the US, but states any decision on Jerusalem should be withdrawn. It’s the second American threat in as many days to members of the General Assembly.
December 20, 2017
The UN General Assembly is set to hold a rare emergency session on December 21 to consider a draft resolution against his Jerusalem move. Trump says he’ll be watching to see which way countries vote.
Just as I released this post an update from The Hill came into my email:
Interesting that suddenly Muslim nations such as Turkey are strongly suggesting they will also open embassies in East Jerusalem now.
There is NO doubt that this is escalating into a major confrontation. One wonders where Trump will ultimately settle on this high stakes game.
Personally, the UN needs to “fold” and be escorted off US soil with not one more penny of US taxpayer aid. They have done nothing but sow discord and get in the middle of state sovereign business for twenty years. Nothing has been solved or negotiated that lasted past the ink drying on the signatures.
The UN should have from the beginning established that Jerusalem was their international “seat” perhaps some of this awful mess could have been avoided or clarified. They did not.
We have had that consulate in Jerusalem since the mid-1800’s so how is this any different. And what nation would allow someone from outside its borders to dictate which city was “allowed” to be its capital? Every new country seeking membership in the UN ought to think carefully about that.