US to vote 'no' on anti-Israel UN resolution


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US to vote 'no' on anti-Israel UN resolution
Ambassador Haley says US will vote “no” on annual UN resolution condemning Israeli “occupation” of the Golan Heights.
Elad Benari, 16/11/18
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

The US announced on Thursday that it plans to vote “no” on an annual resolution at the UN condemning Israel's alleged “occupation” of the Golan Heights. The annual resolution, entitled “The Occupied Syrian Golan”, is scheduled for a vote on Friday, November 16. In the past, the US had abstained in the vote, but in a statement, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, explained why this year the American delegation would vote against the resolution.

“In previous years, the United States has abstained from voting on this resolution. However, given the resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis, this year the United States has decided to vote no on the resolution,” she said. “The United States will no longer abstain when the United Nations engages in its useless annual vote on the Golan Heights. If this resolution ever made sense, it surely does not today. The resolution is plainly biased against Israel,” continued Haley.

“Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone. The destructive influence of the Iranian regime inside Syria presents major threats to international security. ISIS and other terrorist groups remain in Syria. And this resolution does nothing to bring any parties closer to a peace agreement. The United States will vote no,” she concluded.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, welcomed the American move to vote against the UN resolution that condemns Israel’s presence in the Golan Heights. "The change in the American voting pattern is another testament to the strong cooperation between the two countries. I thank Ambassador Haley for her continued steadfastness with Israel and the truth. It is time for the world to distinguish between those who stabilize the region and those who sow terror,” he said in a statement.

Israel liberated the Golan Height from Syria in June of 1967, and the region was placed under Israeli law in 1981 by the government of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The world does not recognize the Israeli move and considers the Golan Heights “occupied territory”. Haley’s announcement is another indication of the change in attitude towards Israel that she has led since becoming US ambassador to the UN.

Haley, who announced last month that she will step down from her role by the end of 2018, has been an outspoken critic of the UN's corruption and anti-Israel bias. Shortly after taking office, she urged the UN Security Council to devote less attention to the Arab-Israeli conflict and make Iran's "incredibly destructive" activities a priority in the Middle East. Speaking at the AIPAC policy conference last year, the American ambassador said “there's a new sheriff in town” and vowed that “the days of Israel bashing [at the UN] are over”.


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UN set to vote Friday on slew of measures critical of Israel… and only Israel
World body will not take up a single resolution on any other nation; head of monitor group calls ‘planned assault’ on Jewish state ‘surreal’
By TOI staffToday, 1:17 pm

The United Nations General Assembly is set to vote Friday on nine resolutions critical of Israel and none against any other country.

The measures, which range from condemnations of Israeli construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank to renewing the mandate of a UN committee probing “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories,” were sponsored by a number of countries that have been scrutinized for their own human rights records, among them Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Some of the resolutions, such as one reaffirming the mandate of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, were sponsored by European states such as Ireland, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Portugal and Sweden.

“The UN’s planned assault on Israel with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the UN Watch monitor group.

Neuer noted the vote on the resolutions came just days after Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip launched some 460 rockets toward Israel. “The world body now adds insult to injury,” he said.

Another resolution set to be voted on was a Syrian-backed measure calling on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized internationally.

Late Thursday, the United States Mission to the UN said it would vote against the resolution, marking the first time the US will do so.

“After the Syrian regime has killed half a million of its own people, how can the UN call for more people to be handed over to Assad’s rule? The text is morally galling, and logically absurd,” Neuer said.

He also applauded US Ambassador Nikki Haley for declaring she would vote against the measure.

The non-binding resolution, which is voted on by the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee each year, takes issue with the “illegality of the decision” taken by Israel “to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan,” which it says is illegal under international law.

“The atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone,” Haley said in a statement.

Israel has reportedly pressed the White House in recent months to recognize the annexation, arguing that the bloody civil war in Syria undergirded Israeli claims that the plateau is critical to maintaining security.

In August, Syrian government forces backed by Iran and Russia reached the frontier with the Israeli Golan Heights after capturing the territory from rebels and Islamic State fighters.

Though it has sought to avoid direct involvement in the Syrian conflict, Israel has acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes there to stop deliveries of advanced weaponry bound for Iranian proxy Hezbollah.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon welcomed the US announcement, saying in a statement that “the change in the American voting pattern is another testament to the strong cooperation between the two countries.”

“It is time for the world to distinguish between those who stabilize the region and those who sow terror,” he added.

While a “no” vote from the US is unlikely to stop the resolution passing, it could be a sign that the Trump administration is considering recognizing Israeli control over the Golan.

In September, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that he expects the annexed territory to remain under Israeli control “forever.”

“I cannot honestly imagine a situation in which the Golan Heights is not part of Israel forever,” Friedman told the Israel Hayom daily.

But during a visit to Israel a month earlier, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said there were no discussions on such recognition.

“Obviously we understand the Israeli claim that it has annexed the Golan Heights – we understand their position – but there’s no change in the US position for now,” he told the Reuters news agency in an interview.


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I agree @RobinMc. She truly has been great at articulating the truth that so many deny.

Also, as a side note here because you won’t read it in the MSM,

“ the Twerpv coalition (of one) voted on a resolution to have Chipotle for dinner last night. It barely passed (by one vote) but was unanimous. The Twerpv coalition plans to continue to propose and pass many other useless and non-binding resolutions in the future.”


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I heard the name of a Miss Bachman for the job?
Where did you hear that Kaatje?

That would probably refer to Michele Bachmann who was a Congressman from Minnesota and held that office for 8 years, 2007 to 2015. She attempted a run for President in 2012 but was an early drop out.

She is a Evangelical Christian (though I have heard that some have problems with certain parts of her Christianity) who is a strong supporter of Israel.

She is frequently on Jan Markel's radio show, Olive Tree Ministries.

My take: If Michele is going to be the choice for the next UN Ambassador she will be a very suitable replacement for Haley. Just as tough and pro Israel.


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Just did a quick Google search. The scoop for the day is that Trump will name Heather Nauert as the next UN Ambassador.
Several MSM sites have a story to that effect.

Supposedly Trump will tweet the announcement tomorrow, 7 Dec.

She is currently a spokesperson for the Dept. of State. She has been a reporter for both ABC and Fox.

I have no idea how she leans relative to Israel.

I know nothing else of Nauert other than what I could dig up online.


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It's official. Heather Nauert for UN Ambassador.

Additionally, William Barr picked for AG.

Both need to be confirmed by the Senate.


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Here is the problem that I see in the future - perhaps near future:

With Trump in office, we are seeing our nation supporting Israel.......... and, that is wonderful.
BUT...... if Trump does not get a second term as president, for whatever reason, I don't see the liberal democrats giving any support to Israel. Everything set in place for their good will be eradicated almost immediately. God's Word clearly states that in the last days ALL nations will turn against her. That means the US of A, too, for whatever reason. Only God will defend them. It's only a matter of time until we see this happen. Unless of course, we are already out of here and with our Lord. We will probably see it from heaven at that point.