Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, has announced that Israel is “in contact with at least 10 countries” that are considering relocating their embassies to Jerusalem.
Her statements came a day after Guatemala leaders announced plans to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem. Hotovely didn’t specify which countries were considering moving their embassies, but she did indicate that at least a few are in Europe.
“So far we have only seen the beginning,” she said. She also insinuated that President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy would “trigger a wave of followers.”
Guatemala is following the example set by the United States earlier this year when the US embassy in Israel was moved to Jerusalem. The move ignited the Muslim world, which was quick to display anti-American sentiment by burning American flags and protesting violently. (Basically, just another day for Islamists.)
Nation after nation condemned the United States. And the UN general assembly voted 128-9 in favor of a resolution condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The US responded by announcing a $285 million cut in US funding to the UN.
Ambassador Nikki Haley then accused the United Nations of budgetary excesses. She didn’t specifically reference President Trump’s Jerusalem decision, but she did condemn the UN for it’s invasiveness and bad policies.
Haley said in an interview, “The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending—in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable U.N.—is a big step in the right direction.”
She continued, “The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the U.N. and its agencies. We do this because it represents who we are. It is our American way. But we’ll be honest with you. When we make generous contributions to the U.N., we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected.”
The US also threatened to withhold funding from any country that voted in favor of the US reversing its Jerusalem decision. This move would save the United States even more tax dollars. And honestly, the United Nations should really be called the “International Financial Bullies.”
All of the 193 members are required to make payments as a part of their membership.
The amount each country pays differs, however, and is calculated using population and gross national income. Currently, the United States membership fees account for about 22 percent of the U.N.’s $5.4 billion annual budget.
The UN’s role in the world has become increasingly totalitarian. Considering the fact that it’s funded almost entirely by tax dollars from member nations, the international body absolutely should bend to the will of the countries that fund its existence. President Trump clearly understands this, hence the $600 million budget reduction Trump demanded earlier this year.
Considering how parasitic the United Nations is, and how expensive membership is, it’s no wonder that other nations are considering following the US’s example. Beyond that, many countries do in fact feel that Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel.
And why wouldn’t they? History and religion support the Jew’s stance on Jerusalem, not the Muslims’.
Despite the Jews rightful claims to the holy land of Israel, they have been alone in their attempt at a peaceful resolution with the Palestinians. Israel has repeatedly accepted a two-state solution, but Palestine has staunchly refused.
The introduction of Islam into any country always brings violence, and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is no different.
If the Israeli’s decided to cease fire, the Muslims would eradicate them. Because of the violence associated with Islam, if Palestine refuses to make peace, then Israel will have to maintain constant defense.
The United States and other countries moving their embassies to the Jerusalem is the right move for showing support for the most oppressed group in history. The United States currently trades with Israel in the billions of dollars annually. The state of Texas even signed an Anti-Boycott Israel bill earlier in 2017.
“As Israel’s No. 1 trading partner in the United States, Texas is proud to reaffirm its support for the people of Israel and we will continue to build on our historic partnership. Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally,” stated Texas governor, Greg Abbott.
In fact, the United States is Israel’s single-largest trading partner. And in 1985, Israel became the first country to sign a free trade agreement with the United States. In 2016, the U.S. exported over $8 billion worth of goods and services to Israel.
In a speech Trump gave after a meeting with Israel’s president, the president stated: “Already our two countries do a great deal of business together. We have a strong foundation on which to build an even closer trading relationship that benefits both of our countries.”
Considering the amount of aid and military strength the United States offers Israel, it’s really not a big surprise that other nations are willing to also move their embassies to Jerusalem.
Therefore, the question at hand isn’t why the United States is moving it’s embassy (Bill Clinton promised it). What should be questioned, however, is why the United Nations seeks to stop it.
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