“U.S. is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias” – Nikki Haley
The UN Resolution 2334 technically requires Israel to give land to Islamic State (ISIS)
Finally, a truthful statement from the UN. Could it be Guterres is concerned about losing funds from the US and losing more funds from Israel?
António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, formerly the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told Israel Radio on Sunday that it is clear the Jerusalem temple destroyed by the Romans was Jewish. This only a few months following a shameful statement by UNESCO that ignored any connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem.
Guterres served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and was the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He also served as President of Socialist International from 1999 to 2005. In 2012, Guterres appointed American actress Angelina Jolie as his Special Envoy to represent UNHCR and himself at the diplomatic level.
Speaking to Israel radio in New York, Secretary-General Guterres said no one today can deny that Jerusalem is sacred to the world’s three monotheistic religions.
The new UN Secretary-General also said he was not planning to initiate a political move between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, even though he does believe in a two-state solution and will help the two sides should they request it. He also stressed that he intends to insist on an equal treatment of all the UN member states. BreakingNewsIsrael
Palestinians Slam UN Chief’s Remarks
“[Gueterres] ignored UNESCO’s decision that considered the Al-Aksa Mosque of pure Islamic heritage,” Adnan al-Husseini, Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs minister, told Xinhua, a Chinese news outlet, clarifying that the UN secretary-general “violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs, overstepped his role as secretary general, and…must issue an apology to the Palestinian people.” Jpost
The full UN Security Council meeting on January 17, 2017 would have been different had the Paris Peace conference not fizzled out.
The Paris Peace conference sought to mobilize the world only against Israel. It failed. It turned into an endeavor to show support for the two-state solution and urge both parties, Israel and the PLO to negotiate. That is a demonstration of bias because the PLO is the one that needs urging to negotiate, as they are the ones that have for decades refused negotiations and rejected peace plans. Another feeble effort to undermine Israel’s legitimacy.
Islamist movement Hamas rejected Monday the outcome of a Paris conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace, labelling the summit “absurd.”
“The Paris conference is a return to the absurd negotiation approach, which lost the rights of the Palestinian people and gave legitimacy to the Zionist entity on Palestinian land,” Fawzy Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, said in a statement. France24
Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process briefs Security Council
In his first briefing of the year, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Council that tensions flared following the December adoption of resolution 2334 (2016). Passed with14 votes for and one abstention, the resolution condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and reiterated international support for a two-state solution.
“In the aftermath of the vote, emotions on the ground have been heightened,” Mr. Mladenov said, adding that “divisive positions risk destroying the prospects for peace.”
“All stakeholders must avoid any unilateral action that would prejudge a negotiated final status solution. UN
Video: 1/17/17 – UN Security Council Discusses Middle East
The UN needs to be reformed or defunded!
A decisive attempt by Theresa May to correct her government’s earlier mistake with UN Res. 2334, she sent a low-level functionary to the Paris Peace Conference, in which the UK participated as an observer only, declining to add its signature to the Paris Peace Conference final draft statement and now blocking the EU from adopting the statement.
It also seems PM Theresa May understands the importance of trade deals with Trump in a post-Brexit Britain.
Britain prevented the European Union Foreign Affairs Council from adopting the closing statement from the Paris peace conference.
Britain’s action on Monday, reported by Haaretz citing European and Israeli diplomats, followed a day after Britain refused to sign the closing statement at the conference. Britain had sent a low-level diplomat as an observer to indicate its displeasure with the proceedings.
Australia also distanced itself from the closing statement and did not sign it. JTA
Times of London interview
The Brits read what Trump said and implemented it immediately,’ diplomat tells Haaretz.
What did you think of Obama’s approach towards the UN Security Council resolution on Israel just before Christmas? I think it was terrible. It should have been a veto. I think it was terrible.
Do you think the UK should have vetoed it?
Well, the UK may have another chance to veto if what I’m hearing is true, because you know you have a meeting as you know, this weekend. And there are a lot of bad stories being circulated. The problem I have is that it makes it a tougher deal for me to negotiate because the Palestinians are given so much — even though it’s not legally binding it’s psychologically binding and it makes it much tougher for me to negotiate. You understand that? Because people are giving away chips, they’re giving away all these chips.
And do you think the UK should veto any UN Security Council resolution on Israel put forward this week so that you are in a stronger position to get the right deal for the Middle East?
Well, I’d like to see the UK veto. I think it’d be great if they veto because I’m not sure the United States is gonna veto, amazingly.
Obama: “I don’t think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel.”
He tried to destroy the US-Israel relationship and failed in this as well. Some unintended consequences of abstaining from that vote; end of the two-state peace solution and less funding to the UN from the US.
President Barack Obama told “60 Minutes” that he made the call for the U.S. to abstain from a vote on a U.N. Security council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, allowing the resolution to pass, and that doing so didn’t fray relations between the two countries.
The move caused a major fallout between the United States and Israel, a notion Obama demurred while speaking to Steve Kroft in an interview that aired Sunday.
“I don’t think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel. If you’re saying that [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu got fired up, he’s been fired up repeatedly during the course of my presidency, around the Iran deal and around our consistent objection to settlements. So that part of it wasn’t new,” Obama said in his final interview as president.
“And despite all the noise and hullabaloo, military cooperation, intelligence cooperation, all of that has continued,” he said. “We have defended them consistently in every imaginable way. But I also believe that both for our national interests and Israel’s national interests that allowing an ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that could get worse and worse over time is a problem. And that settlements contribute. They’re not the sole reason for it, but they’re a contributing factor to the inability to solve that problem.” NewsMax
Great! The funding cut was to four committees on Palestinian issues.
Israel on Friday suspended about $6 million in funding to the United Nations to protest a Security Council resolution demanding an end to settlements in the West Bank.
The council adopted the resolution last month after the United States refrained from using a veto to block the measure in a break from its usual practice of shielding its Middle East ally.
The cut to Israel’s $40 million annual contribution to the United Nations represented the portion of the UN budget allocated to four committees on Palestinian issues, the Israeli mission said.
“It is unreasonable for Israel to fund bodies that operate against us at the UN,” Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement.
“We seek to stop the practice where the UN is used solely as a forum for unending attacks against Israel.”
The announcement came a day after the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of a measure condemning the UN stance and chastising President Barack Obama’s administration for abstaining in the Security Council vote. TimesofIsrael
These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. Genesis 9:19
The source of 70 nations is the 70 grandsons of Noah listed in the Bible in Genesis 9 and 10.
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. Psalm 83:4
High-ranking officials from 70 nations of the world will gather in Paris on January 15th in an attempt to force Israel to accept a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. By so doing, they will be fulfilling a momentous Biblical prophecy foretold thousands of years ago.
When Israeli statesman Shimon Peres passed away in September, leaders and dignitaries from 70 nations gathered in Jerusalem to pay their last respects. The symbolism is no mere coincidence; the very same number of representatives will gather in Paris, but this time to deny the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.
“Everyone knows already what the purpose of the conference is: it will be used as another opportunity to try to impose a settlement on Israel and avoid direct negotiations between Israel and it’s neighbors,” Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, told Breaking Israel News. “What’s interesting is that it isn’t just one or two enemies with a specific grudge, like the Arabs or the Nazis. It is 70 nations, which in Torah terms, means all of the nations,” explained Rabbi Trugman.
Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, a prominent Jewish educator and bestselling author, told Breaking Israel News that seeing 70 nations written in the headlines caught his attention.
“There is no question that the aspect of specifically 70 nations gathering is significant, the point being Israel is not one of them,” said Rabbi Apisdorf, citing the book of Numbers.
Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Numbers 23:9
Full article at Breaking News Israel
Table of Nations – Genesis 10 & 11 (clearer to understand)
(2) the House of Representatives opposes United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 and will work to strengthen the United States-Israel relationship, and calls for United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 to be repealed or fundamentally altered so that—
(A) it is no longer one-sided and anti-Israel; and
(B) it allows all final status issues toward a two-state solution to be resolved through direct bilateral negotiations between the parties. Congress.gov
The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday repudiating both the United Nations Security Council for voting to condemn Israel over its settlement activity and the Obama administration for allowing the measure to pass.
The House resolution had bipartisan support, with 342 members voting in favor of it. Eighty lawmakers did not back the measure, 76 of whom were Democrats, and four only voted “present.” A majority of Democrats, 109, voted for the resolution, and all but four Republicans supported it.
The motion, House Resolution 11, was introduced by Reps. Ed Royce (R., Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D., N.Y.), the chairman and ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, respectively.
The measure was a response to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which passed the international body last month and condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States could have prevented its passage by utilizing its veto power as a permanent member of the Security Council, but instead abstained from the vote, allowing the resolution to pass unanimously. The Obama administration’s abstention broke with decades of U.S. policy to defend the Jewish state at the U.N. from what critics have called anti-Israel measures.
“This government, our government, abandoned our ally Israel when she needed us the most,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said on the House floor. “These types of one-sided efforts are designed to isolate and delegitimize Israel. They do not advance peace. They make it more elusive.” Free Beacon
Update: Congress warning to UN.
Congress is already setting the stage to cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations in the wake of a contested vote last week in which the Obama administration permitted an anti-Israel resolution to win overwhelming approval, according to congressional leaders, who told the Washington Free Beacon that the current administration is already plotting to take further action against the Jewish state before vacating office.
Other punitive actions by Congress could include expelling Palestinian diplomats from U.S. soil and scaling back ties with foreign nations that voted in favor of the controversial measure, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Free Beacon about the situation both on and off the record.
The Obama administration is still under bipartisan attack for its decision to help craft and facilitate the passage of a U.N. resolution condemning the construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem, a move that reversed years of U.S. policy on the matter. Free Beacon
After the UN Security Council vote against Israel, there have some calling for the US to stop funding the UN and also withdraw from the UN.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowed Saturday to not allow the U.S. to give money to the United Nations until it reversed its Friday decision forcing an end to Israeli settlements.
Cruz tweeted that he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adding, “No US $ for UN until reversed.”
Cruz’s tweet echoes the sentiments of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said Saturday he would propose halting U.S. funding to the U.N. as well.
“It’s that important to me,” Graham told CNN. “This is a road we haven’t gone down before. If you can’t show the American people that international organizations can be more responsible, there is going to be a break. And I am going to lead that break.”
The U.N. voted 14-0 Friday to stop Israel settlements in areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. President Obama authorized the U.S. to abstain from voting on the measure,
drawing backlash over the decision to break from the longstanding U.S. policy of shielding Israel from U.N. reproaches. The Hill
What do we get for our $3 billion a year?
The United States pays 22% of the total UN budget. What we get for our $3 billion a year is a corrupt organization whose dysfunctional and hostile agencies are united in opposing us around the world.
The United Nations does only two things consistently and effectively: waste money and bash Israel. Sometimes it manages to do both at the same time…
Here’s what we get for our $3 billion.
UNRWA schools are turning out students who want to fight for ISIS. The UN’s email system has been used to distribute child pornography. UN staff members have smuggled drugs, attacked each other with knives and pool cues, not to mention a tractor. This month the UN marked Anti-Corruption Day despite refusing to fight its own corruption. The former President of the UN General Assembly was arrested on bribery charges last year. He had also headed UNICEF’s executive board. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is battling accusations of bribery.
Some of this might be defensible if the UN did anything useful. It doesn’t. It’s just a slush fund for redistributing our money to a vast UN bureaucracy and anyone willing to bribe it for benefits. Read full Daniel Greenfield article at Truth Revolt
Update to the previous article on the UN Resolution 2334
The Security Council vote on Resolution 2334, orchestrated by Barack Obama, stabbed Israel in the back. It also ” blankets Israel as the sole perpetrator of international lawlessness overlooking ongoing Palestinian belligerency save for asking the PA to confront those engaging in terror as if those engaging in terror had nothing to do with the Palestinian Authority and their incitement to and glorification of Palestinian terrorism against Israel.” Canada Free Press
Sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon described Biden as personally lobbying in favor of the resolution, which comports with claims by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed.”
“Biden lobbied Ukraine and of course administration officials are too cowardly to admit it,” said a senior pro-Israel official who is working with Congressional offices on responding to the resolution. “With everything that’s going on involving Russia, Iran, and Syria, this is how the Obama administration choose to spend its precious diplomatic capital. They decided to twist arms and trade favors for a resolution that cuts off Jews from Jerusalem, a city that is Israel’s capital city according to American law.” FreeBeacon
The British secretly worked the Palestinians and urged New Zealand to move ahead with the resolution, and a call from Netanyahu to Putin triggered a real drama at the UN HQ just one hour before the vote. Haaretz
It demands an end to all settlement activity and designates all the land that Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war, which includes the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, as “occupied Palestinian territory.”
When the United Nations Security Council calls the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem with its synagogues, yeshivot, Jewish population and businesses, the Jewish Temple Mount and the Western Wall and all its antiquities, and the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, the Hadassah Hospital and other profoundly Jewish/Israeli institutions and heritage as “Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem” it is a surrender that no Israeli government or any caring Jew are prepared to accept. Canada Free Press
Egyptian draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council:
Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;
Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;
Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;
Read full text of Egyptian draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council
This is saying Israel has no claim in East Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one unified city – east and west. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The holiest place in Judaism and predates Islam by 1,500 years. It is central to Judaism and Zionism. The only reason Muslim are interested in Jerusalem is because of the Jews care about Jerusalem.
This resolution was first introduced by Egypt in coordination with the Palestinians.
On Thursday Egypt withdrew the resolution and it was postponed “potentially indefinitely” in response to a request by Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi.
The United Nations Security Council vote on a draft resolution calling for an end to Jewish construction in all areas desired by the Palestinian Authority for its hoped-for state – and in fact, calling for an end to all Jewish communities in those areas – has been postponed. JewishPress
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi discussed the issue in a phone call with Mr Trump, Mr Sisi’s office said.
In a statement, it said the two men had agreed on “the importance of giving a chance for the new American administration to deal in a comprehensive way with the different aspects of the Palestinian issue”. BBC
President-elect Donald Trump: “As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations,” Trump said in a written statement.
“This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis,” he said. USAToday
The Obama administration pushed for the vote.
New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela — who stepped in to push for action after Egypt put the draft resolution on hold. AFP
Security Council Resolution Vote
US abstained and allowed UN Condemnation of Israel. The Obama administration did not use its veto to protect the United States closest Mideast ally.
An Israeli official on Friday “President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the U.N.,” the official said. “The U.S administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tail wind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall occupied Palestinian territory,” he said calling it “an abandonment of Israel which breaks decades of US policy of protecting Israel at the UN.” WAPO
The UN Security Council passed a controversial anti-settlement resolution that would condemn Israel building in occupied territories.
The US abstained in the vote on the resolution — approved by 14 of the council’s 15 members and first introduced by Egypt in coordination with the Palestinians — which calls Israeli “settlement building” in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank a “flagrant violation under international law.”
A veto by the US — or any of the five permanent council members — would have killed it. NYPost
Responses to UN’s despicable resolution:
Israel has suspended its multimillion dollar contribution to a number of United Nations bodies and is reevaluating its relationship with the organization, after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Israeli settlement construction.
“I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of UN institutions and the presence of UN representatives in Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Saturday while addressing the nation.
“I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) in funding to five UN institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel … and there is more to come,” he added without offering any further details. RT