Israel has decided to retaliate against the UN over UNSC 2334 by freezing $6 million of its annual $40 million dues.
“It is unreasonable for Israel to fund bodies that operate against us at the UN. The UN must end the absurd reality in which it supports bodies whose sole intent is to spread incitement and anti-Israel propaganda,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN said.
Given that the UN is gearing up for more anti-Israel resolutions, Israel’s move to cut money is just the first of many measures prepared in the coming weeks to fight back against the international community’s assault on the Jewish state.
Kerry: Moving US Embassy could cause ‘explosion’ in Middle East
Along with the the UN, the outgoing US secretary of state John Kerry has attacked Donald Trump’s planned move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“If all of a sudden, Jerusalem is declared to be the location of our embassy, that has issues of sovereignty, issues of law that would deem to be affected by that move and by the United States acquiescing in that move and that would have profound impact on the readiness of Jordan and Egypt to be able to be supportive and engaged with Israel as they are today,” Kerry said.
With January 20th just around the corner, both the US administration and the UN are working together to prepare the groundwork for one last diplomatic push that could permantently harm Israel. This political pressure is exactly what the Republicans in the congress rebuked and censured in their Thursday vote against the UNSC.
Israel’s Ambassador Danny Danon swung back at John Kerry yesterday for fabricating details of the US involvement in crafting the UNSC Resolution which made it illegal for Jews to live in the Old City of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, the cradle of Jewish civilization.
MSNBC ANCHOR: Ambassador, do you accept what Secretary Kerry has to say?
DANNY DANON: No. Absolutely not. When you —
MSNBC: So he’s lying in your view? You don’t believe what he’s saying?
DANON: Let’s review the facts. In 2011 there was a very similar resolution. The U.S. vetoed it. In 2014, another similar resolution to the one passed on Friday, the U.S. blocked the vote without using the veto power. Recently in the last resolution we know the U.S. unfortunately was involved with the resolution.
At the security council the U.S. is a pen holder on every resolution regarding Israel and the Middle East. You can ask other ambassadors who sit at the security council. No one would have supported such a resolution without the support of the United States.
Even ambassadors approached me before the vote and told me we wanted to abstain but the minute we saw what the U.S. was doing and got the signal, we would support the resolution.
MSNBC: To be clear and I’m going off what you are saying, do you believe secretary Kerry is lying to your government and lying to the American people?
DANON: I don’t know what to tell you about that. I can only tell you the facts. If the U.S. was not supporting this resolution it wouldn’t have passed. That’s a fact.
We have seen it in the security council in the past. How many times in the U.N. people are trying to gang up against Israel and pass resolutions against Israel?
I have seen in the last year for dozens of times. The U.S. stood by us, but now think about the timing. Three weeks before the change of guard in the white house, all of the sudden it’s happening? It’s not a coincidence.