The United Nations has never been known for their friendship to Israel. Rather, the United Nations has systematically over the years carried on a campaign to ostracize Israel from the international community with the hope that this would somehow force Israel to give up land to the Palestinians in a manner which would lead to Israel’s destruction.
Despite Israel declaring independence on May 14, 1948, the Palestinians and a majority of the Arab world simply don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. Numerous U.S. Presidents have declared that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but President Donald Trump is the first to make that claim official and go so far as to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The events that followed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip demonstrated that Palestinians are not really interested in Jerusalem for themselves for any religious purpose. The Palestinians only want Jerusalem and weak Israeli borders with the sole purpose to destroy the Jewish people.
When 128 countries voted in favor of a resolution rejecting President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, they also voted to cut a huge chunk out of their budget. Speaking on this vote to condemn Israel and the United States, President Trump said, “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars. We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”
Now the United States, with Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley leading the charge, is seeking to cut the U.N.’s over-inflated budget by $285 million. With the United States being the largest single contributor to the U.N., most of this budget cut will likely be money otherwise derived from the American taxpayer. Speaking on the budget cut, Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending—in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable U.N.—is a big step in the right direction.” Pointing to specific items within the U.N. to be cut Ambassador Haley mentioned that the United States would likely cut funding for climate change programs. And the United Nations Children’s fund would receive a 16% budget reduction.
During his Presidential campaign, President Trump often talked about the obscene amount of money the U.S.A. gives to the U.N., and these latest events seem to have greatly accelerated President Trump’s plan to carry out that campaign promise. Speaking on the amount of money the U.S.A. gives the U.N., and what the Trump Administration and Ambassador Haley expect in return, she said, “The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the U.N. and its agencies. We do this because it represents who we are. It is our American way. But we’ll be honest with you. When we make generous contributions to the U.N., we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected.” This goodwill has not been recognized for sometime by the U.N. and now it is going to cost them dearly.
The U.S.A accounts for approximately 33 percent of the U.N.’s budget which is $5.4 billion annually. Members of the U.N. are required to make contributions to the U.N., and the amount is based on a country’s population and their gross national income. President Trump ultimately dictates what money if any goes to the U.N. because it is the State Department which disburses the funds to the U.N. and the State Department serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States.
Countries which supported Israel and the United States include Hungary, Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Croatia, and Poland. All of these countries have a deep and storied past with the State of Israel going back to the Holocaust and World War II. The Czech Republic (at the time referred to as Czechoslovakia) even provided Israel with weapons in 1948 so they could fight for their independence against the Arab states which continue to attack them to this day in the U.N.
The Israel haters in the U.N. are not happy about this budget cut. They mistakenly thought it would be business as usual, but President Trump has other ideas. No longer will the U.N. and their merry band of hypocrites and warlords be able to bat up on Israel without consequence. Knowing President Trump, this $285 million budget cut is likely just the beginning of the consequences that the U.N. will suffer.