As we enter a new year, we do so with the knowledge that the U.S. has resolved to cry foul on the hypocritical shenanigans taking place at the UN. Recently, the world body embarrassed itself by blasting the United States for our decision to move the American embassy to Israel's capital city Jerusalem.
President Trump has sounded the alarm that he will not silently abide a corrupt institution that relies on American financial support to even operate, and demonstrated that he will stand up strongly for Israel, our beloved ally.
Unlike his predecessors — who broke campaign pledges to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize the holy city as Israel's capital — President Trump actually walked the talk and honored a law passed by Congress two decades ago requiring America to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Immediately afterward, 128 member countries of the United Nations voted in favor of a resolution condemning President Trump's decision. Ironically, but not unexpectedly, many of those votes were cast by countries guilty of sickening human rights atrocities that have no place preaching to Israel or America.
This vote was the latest evidence that the United Nations regularly sides with the most egregious human rights violators against Israel, a thriving democracy with a demonstrated willingness to take far-reaching steps for peace.
According to U.N. Watch, a group that monitors the activities of the United Nations, there were 97 resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly from 2012 to 2015 that specifically criticized individual countries. Of those 97 resolutions, 83 focused solely on Israel — an absurd 86 percent.
As Jake Tapper asked during an excellent segment on CNN: Is Israel truly deserving of 86 percent of the world's condemnation, while the UN fails to focus on the true violators of human rights?
It shocks the conscience to consider the moral bona fides of countries that voted against the U.S. These included Venezuela, where children are starving in the streets, and Syria, whose dictator has murdered his own citizens with chemical weapons. Israel also came in for criticism from North Korea, which deprives its people of basic human rights, and Myanmar, where the Rohingya people are targeted for genocide.
Such loathsome banana republics have absolutely no moral ground to stand upon, and their votes against the U.S. and Israel should be dismissed as out of hand.
Consider the significant differences between countries like Syria and Israel. While Syria's leaders are exterminating their own people using some of mankind's most horrific weapons, Israel is focused on saving lives indiscriminately and serving as a global beacon of humanitarianism.
Just before Christmas, a Syrian baby's life was saved at the neonatal intensive care unit at the Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital at Sheba Medical Center, Israel's national hospital. The two-day old Syrian baby was born with a serious congenital heart defect. The baby's parents, Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Cyprus, were granted permission with open arms to fly into Israel where a world-class Israeli medical team provided lifesaving heart surgery. The ethos of the Sheba Medical Center reflects Israel's ethos of providing to-notch care to everyone, regardless of background or nationality.
While Syria continues a seven-year brutal civilian war in which more than half a million people have been killed, millions have been displaced and children are callously ripped apart in bombings, Israel maintains its unwavering commitment to the highest standards of humanitarianism in both war and peace.
Let's face the fact that the U.N. lost its moral credibility years ago as a result of its consistent hostile marginalization of Israel. From the U.N. General Assembly passing an Arab and Soviet-sponsored resolution declaring Zionism a "form of racism and racial discrimination" in 1975 to Israel being the only country to appear on the U.N. Human Rights Council's permanent agenda instead of other countries with proven records of horrid human rights abuses such as Iran and Sudan, the U.N.'s anti-Israel record is atrocious.
President Trump has ushered in a new era for the world and the United Nations.
One of the central tenants of President Trump's philosophy is that America is no longer going to try to please everyone and turn a blind eye to injustice. President Trump is committed to putting America's needs and interests first, and he put this into action by defending Israel, America's longtime and most vital ally in the Middle East.
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