Allies and enemies of the United States condemned the U.S. this week for supporting Israel – and some say the vote at the United Nations is a badge of honor.
A total of 128 nations voted Dec. 21 to support a UN resolution condemning the U.S. for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital, The Associated Pressreported after the vote.
Eight nations joined the U.S. to vote against the resolution, 35 countries abstained, and another 21 delegations were absent.
Condemnation of the United States wavers at the UN, where the U.S. enjoys influence, but the international body is known for its blatant hatred and condemnation of the Jewish State while defending the Palestinians.
Among our country's most influential allies, Gary Bauer of American Values points out that only Israel voted with the U.S. while Great Britain voted in favor of the resolution, and Canada and Mexico were among the nations that abstained.
"Their first impulse every day, [when] they gather in New York, is to kick Israel, to kick the United States for standing with Israel," says Bauer. "It's pitiful and I agree with the President, we should stop funding it."
And that's exactly what President Donald Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley warned the UN body before the vote that it would do.
With the vote looming, Trump voiced the decades-long complaints of many Americans that the U.S. helps countries around the world that were planning to stab the U.S. in the back at the UN.
"The United States will remember this day," Haley said, "when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."
A post-vote editorial at The Washington Examiner newspaper points out that the U.S. funds 22 percent of the UN operating budget, 35 percent of the World Food Programme budget, and more than $2 billion annually to the UN peacekeeping budget, among other programs. The editorial observed:
We recognize that many frontline U.N. programs do important work in saving and improving lives. But Trump is right to expect a measure of gratitude for this nation's commitments. Instead, he is receiving scorn and rebuke for practicing the most basic right of sovereign power to decide, in concert with a host nation, where to locate an embassy.
The view of the U.S. at the UN, the editorial surmised, is "American taxpayers, write us a check, then shut up and listen while we educate them about their nation's inadequacies."
Haley is getting high marks from Republicans in Congress, among them Indiana congressman Jim Banks who praises her support for Israel.
"Nikki Haley is doing that important work," he tells OneNewsNow, "to ensure that we maintain the relationship – strengthen it after we saw eight years of a significant decline in their relationship during the Obama administration."
Asked about Trump's vote-related threats, and if the U.S. has the "political will" to follow through on them, Banks tells OneNewsNow that willpower exists on both sides of the aisle.
"I think so," he replies. "It's a bipartisan statement that we made in the House of Representatives. We have Democrats who are as pro-Israel as we have Republicans who are pro-Israel."
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