Editorial: A new American independence

Decision on Israel embassy part of a return of American leadership

With the president’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Palestinian supporters and the United Nations – two groups that are largely indistinguishable – have shown their true colors.

 

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has ruled out any U.S.-brokered peace plan. Palestinian youths observed a recent “day of rage” in which two died. And Yahya Sinwar, leader of the Hamas terrorist organization that actually governs the Gaza Strip, had called more explicitly for a “day of blood,” which we presume is a notch above a “day of rage.”

The bloodlust came after the United Nations voted 128-9 to denounce and declare null and void the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

All this, despite the fact that a succession of U.S. presidents have declared it so – but never had the chutzpah to actually move our embassy to reflect the reality.

First off, neither the United Nations nor the all-too-common Arab “day of rage” get to set U.S. foreign policy.

Second of all, if Arabs want to negotiate Jerusalem’s status as part of a broader peace package, nothing is stopping them but their own blind rage against the Jewish state.

Third, neither United Nations “dues” nor our foreign aid are mandatory in any way. They are voluntary.

We love that U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said as much to the anti-Israel, anti-American world body.

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley stalwartly warned the U.N. General Assembly.

“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”

President Trump said the vote could have a bearing on “billions of dollars” in U.S. aid.

“Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot,” Trump told reporters. “We don’t care. This isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing.”

If Palestinians and their supporters truly want peace and a Palestinian state – instead of chronic days of rage that get them nowhere closer to it – then let’s get on with it.

In the meantime, it’s clear the Trump administration is serious about its refreshing vow to rethink U.N. payments and foreign aid to any of the 128 nations that think they now have the authority to set U.S. foreign policy: Haley Sunday announced a $285 million negotiated budget decrease for the U.N. in the next two years, 22 percent of which the U.S. contributes.

We hope this is just the start of a fearless new American independence and a return to U.S. world leadership. Indeed, some 10 nations are said to be considering following our lead and moving their Israel embassies to Jerusalem.

As for the U.N., Americans are tired of footing much of the bill for an entity that continually spits in our face.

 

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