Today, 21 December 2017, the UN voted to condemn President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite threats from the US to the world that would watch very close each vote. An exact number of 128 countries voted for the resolution, nine voted "no," and 35 nations abstained, including old US partners like Canada, Mexico and Australia.
The vote came after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a threatening statement that the US will think twice about funding the world body if it voted to condemn Trump's decision.
"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly," Haley said. "We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution" to the UN and when other member nations ask Washington "to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.” However, despite the vote, the American embassy will be built up in Jerusalem. "That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do," Haley said. "This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN," she said. "And this vote will be remembered.” With this speech, Haley is just showing to the world that the UN is an instrument to please the US. I give you dollars, you do what I demand you to do - it’s the advice the US has telling to the world.
Before the vote, Turkish President Recep Tayyip blasted the President Trump during a speech in Ankara on Thursday. "Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey's democratic free will with your dollars, our decision is clear. "What is the cradle of democracy doing," Erdogan said. "They are looking for people they can buy with their dollars." He also appealed to other world leaders, saying, "do not, for the sake of a few dollars, sell off your democratic free will.”
The Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon stated "The United States simply stated a fact. They officially declared what has always been true. Jerusalem always has been and always will be the capital of Israel. Those who support this resolution are like puppets," Danon said, "puppets controlled by the strings of your Palestinian masters.” That’s to say, it is as if all the world ‘should' think as Israel and the United States think. As if nobody should think and act by themselves.
What the US and Israel do not want to see, is that what they are doing is extremism. Or you think and do what we believe you should do, or you are our enemies. That’s the message both Trump and Danon have been saying. Not different from what an Arab extremist believes, but in the opposite side.
However, the Haley's claim that the decision to move the embassy reflects the will of the US people, is untrue. A University of Maryland Critical Issues poll released December 1 found that 63% of Americans oppose moving the embassy to Jerusalem, including 44% of Republicans! The pollsters questioned 2,000 people and had a margin of error of 2.19%.
A December 13 Monmouth University poll that found Trump at record low approval ratings also found that 39% of Americans thought moving the embassy to Jerusalem was a bad idea, while only 23% thought it was a good idea. Some 51% of respondents said it would lead to greater regional instability, while 10% said it would make the region more stable. It means that is the only Trump’s decision and it does not reflect American people’s will.
If Israel has the right to have Jerusalem as its capital or not, doesn’t matter here. What does really matter is that the US has shown to the world that it doesn’t respect any other countries’ decisions except the ones that pleases it, as well as - the main issue - it also does not respect the UN.
What the today’s vote show us, is the simple and well known fact that the UN is an old and useless place where the world’s body assembles to listen to the world’s powerful countries and do nothing but their wishes.
Shut down the UN.