Israel is not the root of Middle East’s problems
In the Trump Administration’s national security doctrine, the President has laid out a significantly different policy than the previous Administration had done. In his speech in late December, the President said that not Israel but Iran and radical Islamic terror groups like ISIS are the root causes of the conflicts in the Middle East. The Palestinian leadership has for years successfully promoted the misguided opinion that Israel is the only one to blame.
On December 14th, the White House reacted to Mahmoud Abbas’ comments about the recognition of Jerusalem, stating that it is Abbas’ rhetoric that has prevented peace between Israel and Palestinians. (The Times of Israel)
The “Jerusalem Resolution” in the UN
On December 18─casting America’s first veto in the UN in six years─US Ambassador Nikki Haley voted against a draft resolution, calling on President Donald Trump to withdraw recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The resolution had the support of all 14 other members of the UN Security Council. Ambassador Haley told the Council members that “the United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy.” The council members have accused the US of harming any success of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and well-being of the Palestinians. As a response, Ambassador Haley reminded the Council that the US does more than any other country to assist the Palestinian people. Since 1994, the US has provided more than FIVE BILLION dollars of aid to the Palestinians. How much have Arab nations given?
The UN denies any Jewish connection to the Western Wall and the Plaza (in the picture).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Ambassador Haley by stating: “On Chanukah, you spoke like a Maccabi. You lit a candle of truth. You dispelled the darkness. One defeated the many, truth defeated lies.”
Two days later, the UN General Assembly held an emergency session to vote for the Jerusalem draft resolution. Since no nation has veto power in the 193-nation General Assembly, the resolution passed with 128 countries in favor, 9 countries against and 35 countries absent. The UN General Assembly resolutions are generally non-binding toward its member states but have the power to influence the world opinion and politics.
As a result of the passing of the resolution, the US will reduce the funding of the United Nations’ agencies and will also stop fund transfers to the Palestinian Authority. Amen!
I will bless those who bless you
The December 6, 2017, recognition of Jerusalem by President Trump was a blessing to both the State of Israel and the Jewish people in the land and around the world. Hundreds of Israeli Rabbis signed a letter to President Trump thanking him, and Israel’s Transportation Minister plans to name a new Old City/Western Wall train station as “Trump Station.” In the UN Agencies, blessing Israel turned into cursing by the counted 128 world nations. The enemy is using those nations for his purposes, robbing their blessings as well. “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse” (Gen. 12:3 NAS.)