The Trump Administration had a very fitting Christmas present for the UN after the meaningless General Assembly vote against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol.
A cut in U.S. funding to the tune of $285 million.
While news stories called this a ‘negotiated budget cut’ the reality is that since the UN is mostly funded by the U.S., most of the cut is from U.S. contributions, and Ambassador Haley made that plain in her statement afterwards, as the NY Post reported:
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley said in a statement from the US Mission. “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”
And Ambassador Haley made it clear this is just the beginning of what she called an “historic reduction” in spending.
“In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key US priorities throughout the world and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.”
A good start.
Meanwhile, President Trump’s commitment to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem where it belongs has started a parade of other countries who intend to follow along and do the same thing.
Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales has announced that Guatemala is making plans to follow President Trump’s move the Jerusalem, the Czech Republic is weighing doing so and the Czech Republic joined with Hungary in announcing that they recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, blocking attempts by the EU to publish a joint statement of foreign ministers condemning Trump’s December 6th declaration.
And today, the governments of Panama and Honduras both notified the PA leadership of their intentions to move their embassies to the Israeli capitol.
Tzipi Hotevely, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that the Foreign Ministry is in talks with more than 10 countries who are currently considering following in the footsteps of the U.S. and relocating their embassies to Jerusalem.
No names are being mentioned publicly, but based on what I’ve heard, I’d guess Poland, Romania, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Kenya, Australia, Togo, Cameroon, Haiti, and El Salvador are among the nations serious thinking of making a move and talking to the Israelis about it. South Korea, Myanmar and Columbia might also be on the list.
Once the race starts and the choice locations start being gobbled up, I guarantee there will be other countries besides these wanting to move their embassies. to Israel’s capitol.
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