What a change!
As former President Barack Obama was on the way out the door, one of the last things he did was stick it to Israel by allowing a despicable anti-Israel resolution to pass in the U.N. without a veto.
President Obama’s antipathy towards Israel was a change from decades of U.S. policy.
Now President Donald Trump, through his surprisingly strong U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, is righting the ship and telling the the U.N. they need to stop the attacks on Israel.
The Trump administration will boycott the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, or UNHRC, due to its efforts to advance an anti-Israel agenda, according to senior administration officials familiar with the effort who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
The UNHRC, which includes member countries cited for mass human rights abuses, is poised on Monday to adopt at least five anti-Israel resolutions, prompting outrage in the Trump administration over what officials described as the council’s unjust bias against the Jewish state.
This is just the start of the effort by the Trump administration to call the U.N. to account.
Trump administration officials said the increased pressure on the U.N. is part of a larger effort by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to significantly reform the international organization and root out those who use it as a platform to push anti-Israel initiatives.
On Monday, the UNHRC is set to consider an agenda known as the “human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” It is said to include several anti-Israel declarations that the Trump administration fiercely objects to.
Until U.N. changes, the U.S. may continue the boycott.
Haley and other senior administration officials have determined that this anti-Israel bias must be addressed before the U.S. rejoins the council and gives it legitimacy, according to sources.
The Trump administration told the Free Beacon it is fully committed to voting against “every resolution” targeting Israel and that it will encourage allies to do the same.
Finally some tough words!
“The argument that the U.S. has to participate in bodies like the United Nations Human Rights Council or risk losing our influence over it is ridiculous,” said one senior administration official familiar with the boycott. “The UNHRC is, like its predecessor, morally bankrupt and the only good news is that its actions have little practical effect in the real world. We’ve wasted enough time and money on it.”
The United Nations has not only been anti-Israel, it’s been anti-U.S. for years.
This despite the fact that we give them significant funding.
The Trump Administration is already looking at cutting the funding.
So nice to see someone not “leading from behind” but actually requiring the U.N. not to step all over us and our allies before we give them money or sit at their table.
It’s called strength and it works…