US President Donald Trump speaking at a United Nations General Assembly meeting [Photo Source: The White House]

There is a yiddish term for brazen behavior – or behavior in which one person or party is being unreasonable, stubborn and particularly aggressive toward another person or party. The word is chutzpah (or hutzpah). That’s the word that comes to mind when reading about the outcome of the recent United Nations (UN) General Assembly meeting. First, the United States vetoed a December 18th draft resolution at the UN that would effectively negate the sovereign decision of United States President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the United States embassy there. Since the veto would mean that the draft would not become a resolution, Arab countries took up their gripe with the recent Trump decision in an emergency special session at the United Nations General Assembly.

To put things in perspective, there have only been ten such “emergency special sessions” at the United Nations General Assembly. Not surprisingly, the most recent emergency special session, called for in 2009, was for the purpose of “discussing” the violence in contentious areas of Israel.

The resolution, which was passed this past Thursday, “demanded” that “all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.”

The Assembly also called upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital. Always was, always will be. But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refused to participate in this theater of the absurd. So I appreciate that, and especially I want to again express our thanks to President Trump and Ambassador Haley, for their stalwart defense of Israel and their stalwart defense of the truth.”

The countries that voted against the resolution were: Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo and the United States.

ישראל דוחה על הסף את ההחלטה המגוחכת של האו״ם

ישראל דוחה על הסף את ההחלטה המגוחכת באו״ם. ירושלים היא בירתנו – תמיד הייתה, תמיד תהיה.אבל אני מעריך את העובדה שמספר הולך וגדל של מדינות סירבו להשתתף בתיאטרון האבסורד הזה. אני מעריך זאת ואני מבקש להביע שוב את תודתי לנשיא טראמפ ולשגרירה היילי, על עמידתם האיתנה בעד ישראל ובעד האמת. Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital. Always was, always will be.But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refused to participate in this theater of the absurd. So I appreciate that, and especially I want to again express our thanks to President Trump and Ambassador Haley, for their stalwart defense of Israel and their stalwart defense of the truth.

Posted by ‎Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו‎ on Thursday, December 21, 2017

Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the UN said, “America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN, and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN.”

Repost @USUN: “America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN, and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN.”

Posted by Nikki Haley on Thursday, December 21, 2017