This from FFP in the analysis of the ‘Trump’ administration’s recently published National Security Strategy posted 19 December 2017:
In PILLAR II:
The United States helped expand the liberal economic trading system to countries that did not share our values, in the hopes that these states would liberalize their economic and political practices and provide commensurate benefits to the United States. Experience shows that these countries distorted and undermined key economic institutions without undertaking significant reform of their economies or politics. They espouse free trade rhetoric and exploit its benefits, but only adhere selectively to the rules and agreements.
Read: The US attempted to offer a carrot with a stick. The carrot was taken, but they didn’t eat it the way we wanted, they thought of things their own way, those ingrates didn’t let us take over, they only wanted to take the money and follow their own ways – so let’s have to use the stick. Damn it, it’s our way or no way!
That’s not ‘national security’ – that’s bullying and making enemies.
Well, staying true to the ‘International Order’s’ favorite ‘carrot-with-a-stick’ coercion tactic, the zionist-in-chief showed his hand on 20 December in reaction to an upcoming vote in the UN on 21 December. This vote involves a draft resolution which calls on all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. The rationale for this resolution is based on International Law.
Zena Tahhan & Farah Najjar at Al Jazeera.com relates the history of Jerusalem since 1947 and how the international community developed its position since:
Under the 1947 UN Partition Plan to divide historical Palestine between Jewish and Arab states, Jerusalem was granted special status and was meant to be placed under international sovereignty and control. The special status was based on Jerusalem’s religious importance to the three Abrahamic religions.
In the 1948 war, following the UN’s recommendation to divide Palestine, Zionist forces took control of the western half of the city and declared the territory part of its state.
During the 1967 war, Israel captured the eastern half of Jerusalem, which was under Jordanian control at the time, and proceeded to effectively annex it by extending Israeli law, bringing it directly under its jurisdiction, in a breach of international law.
In 1980, Israel passed the “Jerusalem Law”, stating that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel”, thereby formalising its annexation of East Jerusalem.
In response, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 478 in 1980, declaring the law “null and void”. The illegal Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem violates several principles under international law, which outlines that an occupying power does not have sovereignty in the territory it occupies.
The international community officially regards East Jerusalem as occupied territory.
Moreover, no country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with the exception of the US and Russia, the latter which announced its recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and East Jerusalem as “the capital of the future Palestinian state.”
As of now, embassies in Israel are based in the commercial capital, Tel Aviv, although some countries have based their consulate offices in Jerusalem.
But as usual, neither israel or it’s zionist playmates in Washington care too much about international law – or attempts of other States which seek a world consensus in matters which affect war and peace.
Trump’s threat to those who vote in favor of the resolution:
Let’s try to disregard the smugness of this caricature of a man who is supposed to be the president of the United States. Let’s try to disregard the complete lack of dignity on display in a man who is supposed to be representing the American people to the world. Let’s try to do this because in actual fact, he’s not representing the American people at all – he’s representing israel.
What we can regard is his flippant comment, ‘We’ll save a lot.’ Let’s consider this.
In 2016 the United States provided an estimated $51 billion in total foreign aid around the world – it’s broken down in the Yahoo news article posted below. What you won’t find is the amount of aid given to israel – with no strings attached. That would be a whopping $38 billion over the next several years. Just look at those numbers – $51 billion provided to countries representing billions of people around the globe…and $38 billion to one single entity which represents an estimated 8.5 million people. A country which hauls in an estimated $9 billion in trade surplus every year.
If Trump wants to save a whole heck of a lot of money, he might consider cutting aid to israel – an entity which doesn’t need it, an entity which is doing way better financially than even the US. And let’s not forget, israel is yet to pay back billions of dollars in loans from the US taxpayer’s coffers.
It can be assumed that those countries who truly stand in need of foreign aid will still vote in favor of the resolution – they have something Trump and israel do not. They have DIGNITY. Yes, there are still places in the world that value truly meaningful things more than the almighty dollar.
By Roberta Rampton and Michelle Nichols for Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favour of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
The 193-member U.N. General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday – at the request of Arab and Muslim countries – to vote on a draft resolution, which the United States vetoed on Monday in the 15-member U.N. Security Council.
The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favour of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a letter to dozens of U.N. states on Tuesday seen by Reuters, warned that Trump had asked her to “report back on those countries who voted against us.”
She bluntly echoed that call in a Twitter post: “The U.S. will be taking names.”
Several senior diplomats said Haley’s warning was unlikely to change many votes in the General Assembly, where such direct, public threats are rare. Some diplomats brushed off the warning as more likely aimed at impressing U.S. voters.
According to figures from the U.S. government’s aid agency USAID, in 2016 the United States provided some $13 billion in economic and military assistance to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and $1.6 billion to states in East Asia and Oceania.
It provided some $13 billion to countries in the Middle East and North Africa, $6.7 billion to countries in South and Central Asia, $1.5 billion to states in Europe and Eurasia and $2.2 billion to Western Hemisphere countries, according to USAID.
Miroslav Lajcak, president of the General Assembly, declined to comment on Trump’s remarks, but added: “It’s the right and responsibility of member states to express their views.”
A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also declined to comment on Trump’s remarks on Wednesday.
“I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations, for all those nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us potentially at the assembly,” Trump said.
Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington’s Western allies.
He also plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The draft U.N. resolution calls on all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.
A senior diplomat from a Muslim country, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of Haley’s letter: “States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others.”
Responding directly to that comment on Twitter, Haley said: “Actually it is when a country is tired of being taken for granted.”
A senior Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, described Haley’s letter as “poor tactics” at the United Nations “but pretty good for Haley 2020 or Haley 2024,” referring to speculation that Haley might run for higher office.
“She’s not going to win any votes in the General Assembly or the Security Council, but she is going to win some votes in the U.S. population,” the Western diplomat said.
A senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, agreed Haley was unlikely to sway many U.N. states.
“We are missing some leadership here from the U.S. and this type of letter is definitely not helping to establish U.S. leadership in the Middle East peace process,” the diplomat said.
Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.
“The first name that she should write down is Bolivia,” Bolivia’s U.N. Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz said of Haley’s message. “We regret the arrogance and disrespect to the sovereign decision of member states and to multilateralism.”
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; writing by Doina Chiacu; editing by Jonathan Oatis and David Gregorio)
via Yahoo News