While moving America’s embassy to Jerusalem may be stirring up a hornets’ nest, it is a decision within the sovereign rights of the United States to locate its embassy wherever it chooses in Israel, or any other country.
In Israel, the Knesset meets in Jerusalem. The Prime Minister’s residence is in Jerusalem. The President’s residence is in Jerusalem. Yet despite the reality of Israel’s government sitting in Jerusalem, most countries have their embassies over a 40 mile drive away in Tel Aviv.
Whether it is politically correct or not, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and condemning the United States for simply recognizing that reality is just one more example of how ridiculous the U.N. has become.
President Trump and Ambassador Haley are appropriately reevaluating the relationships of any of those countries that joined the resolution condemning the U.S.’s actions. Felicia Schwartz writes (abridged):
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut American aid to countries that back a United Nations resolution faulting the recent U.S. decision to declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital.
“We’re watching those votes,” Mr. Trump said at the start of a meeting of his cabinet on Wednesday. “Let them vote against us—we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Tuesday evening that the U.S. “will be taking names” at Thursday’s General Assembly vote.
“We will take note of each and every vote on this issue,” Ms. Haley said in the letter to diplomats. “As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the president and the U.S. take this vote personally,”
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us,” he (Trump) said.
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