Israel in talks with “at least ten countries” over embassy move to Jerusalem

Israel’s Deputy FM confirms Israel in talks with at least 10 nations on recognizing Jerusalem, many have “strong Christian base”; Hotovely reported talks would be kept secret as countries are “subject to heavy pressure from Arab world and European countries; Hotovely: This is a new and refreshing political concept and every state is important. Dec. 26, 2017.

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Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister reported that Israel is currently in talks with “at least” 10 countries that are considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving their embassies.

In a radio interview on Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely confirmed that Israel is in talks with several countries, some European, stating “We are in contact with at least ten countries, some of them in Europe” to discuss the move.” She announced that the names of the countries would be kept secret, stating “We are keep everything under wraps because such countries are subject to heavy pressure from the Arab world and other European countries.” She also confirmed that many of the countries have “a strong Christian base.”

Speaking of Israel’s increased relations with nations in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, Hotovely reiterated, “Our relations are important and span all continents, from Latin America to Africa, which are emerging and growing markets, and we have years of investment in Asia. This is a new and refreshing political concept and every state is important.”

On unrest in the Arab world and the media claiming the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem would lead to conflict, she stated “The commentators who are preoccupied with threats about burning the region and the unrest that will come- when you look at Jerusalem it’s being built and flourishing, not burning, and [it’s] gaining more recognition.”

On Christmas Day, President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala announced it would return its embassy to Jerusalem. He cited “excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel…”

Guatemala was one of the nine states that voted against the United Nations General Assembly resolution submitted to the special emergency session on Jerusalem.

Reports Monday claimed that Honduras and Paraguay are also strongly considering moving their embassies.

Just hours after President Trump made his Jerusalem declaration, Czech President Milos Zeman announced his country would also move its embassy to Jerusalem, stating, “Sooner or later, we will join the U.S.”

 

Photo: Jerusalem, CC, 2017

Arab states form new committee on Jerusalem to deal with “Palestinian’s failure”

Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and PA to be part of committee headed by Arab League Sec. Gen.; Jordanian official provides details on committee, confirms “when it is clear Trump is indeed going to punish those that voted against the U.S., most countries are trying to cut their losses,” Dec. 25, 2017.

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Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit confirmed the formation of a new special committee on Jerusalem, which currently includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, in order to “take charge” following the Palestinian’s failures on Jerusalem.

In a report from Israeli media, a Jordanian official from the Arab League claimed that Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan were displeased with the way the Palestinians have handled Jerusalem, and as a result have formed a new committee that “puts the Arab League in charge of the policy on Jerusalem, taking it away from the Palestinians.”

The official reported to Israeli media, “This is a super committee that is headed by the secretary general of the Arab League, and it effectively puts the Arab League in charge of the policy on Jerusalem, taking it away from the Palestinians. The Palestinians’ efforts to sway public opinion have been a complete failure, and as a result, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has created a rift between us [the Arab world] and Trump. We are once again left with the demagogic, hollow and inflammatory rhetoric of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

On Trump’s threat to cut American aid to countries that voted for the Jerusalem resolution at the United Nations, the official stated “when it is clear Trump is indeed going to punish those that voted against the U.S., most countries are trying to cut their losses.”

President Erdogan of Turkey, who has been at the forefront of efforts against the United States recognition of Jerusalem, and fueled both the UN Security Council and General Assembly votes, recently announced that his country would establish its embassy in east Jerusalem. He stated that Turkey “already declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state but we haven’t been able to open our embassy there because Jerusalem is currently under occupation. God willing we will open our embassy there.”

The committee will work on new policies for Jerusalem and will be monitored by the Arab League secretary general.

Photo: Abbas, CC, 2017.

Guatemala announces it will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem

President Morales announced Guatemala’s embassy would move to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem; Reports claim Honduras and Paraguay may as well; Netanyahu: I told you recently that there will be other countries that would recognize Jerusalem and announce the transfer of their embassies to it… It is only the beginning and it is important. Dec. 25, 2017.

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Guatemala announced it would move its embassy to Jerusalem on Sunday night.

President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, announced his country would relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after holding a conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

He wrote Sunday “Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. We are talking about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel. One of the most important topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem. So I inform you that I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be. God bless you.”

Guatemala was one of the nine states that voted against the United Nations General Assembly resolution submitted to the special emergency session on Jerusalem.

Turkey and Yemen requested the emergency session on behalf of Arab states following the United States veto of the draft resolution at the UN Security Council on Monday. Of the 193-members of the General Assembly, a total of 128 countries voted in favor of the resolution. The United States, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Micronesia, Palau and Togo voted against the resolution, with 35 countries abstaining.

Prime Minister Netanyahu praised Guatemala’s decision, stating on Christmas day “Last night I spoke with my friend, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. I thanked him for Guatemala’s support for us in the UN vote and I expressed my hope that he would follow in the footsteps of US President Donald Trump, recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin to move the embassy to it… God bless you, my friend, President Jimmy Morales. God bless both our countries, Israel and Guatemala.”

He added “We are waiting for you here in Jerusalem. I told you recently that there will be other countries that would recognize Jerusalem and announce the transfer of their embassies to it. Well here is the second country and I reiterate: It is only the beginning and it is important.”

Reports surfaced Monday that Honduras and Paraguay are also considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem, with reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu is personally lobbying heads of state through out South America.

Political affairs advisor to Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, Majdi al-Khalidi reportedly stated in response to President Morales’s announcement Monday, “This is a disappointing decision that we must fight by the way of political and diplomatic measures… According to the UN General Assembly’s decision, no country has the right to move its embassy to Jerusalem or recognize the city as Israel’s capital All decisions to move embassies to Jerusalem are null and void and illegal.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu recently made history as Israel’s first sitting prime minister to visit South America in September of this year. The prime minister traveled to Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, participating in ceremonies, meeting with heads of state and holding numerous business meetings, his tour centered on increasing Israel’s stance international, as well as opening doors of cooperation, business and diplomatic relations.

He stated during his United Nations General Assembly address in New York City following his South America tour “I went to South America, visiting Argentina and Colombia, and then I went on to Mexico, becoming, if you can believe it, the first Israeli prime minister ever to visit Latin America. After 70 years, the world is embracing Israel, and Israel is embracing the world. One year. Six continents…”

The United States, Czech Republic and Paraguay have all confirmed they will move their embassies to Israel capital, Jerusalem, following the United Nations efforts over the past weeks.

 

 

Photo: Presidents Netanyahu and Morales, Morales Twitter, 2016.

Netanyahu confirms Israel to withdraw from UNESCO

Israel to follow United States in withdrawing from UNESCO; Netanyahu addresses Abbas, end of peace process; Abbas met with Macron in Paris, claims US “has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process,” Dec. 24, 2017.

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In his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that Israel would follow the United States and withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, at the end of this year.

The prime minister confirmed over the weekend that he instructed Israel’s Foreign Ministry “to withdraw from UNESCO,” stating Sunday “I think that this is appropriate, given this organization’s biased, one-sided and absurd attitude toward us, and against the background of the US’s strong stand at the UN, which we welcome.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu also addressed Abbas’s announcement on Friday that the United States was a “dishonest mediator in the peace process”. Netanyahu stated Sunday “He [Abbas] declared that he is quitting the process and, in effect, is not interested in any proposal that the US might submit. I think that once again it is becoming clear: It is the Palestinians who do not want to resolve this conflict.”

Netanyahu added “The US has said something else that is very important: The root of the general conflict in the Middle East does not lie in Israel, but in Iran and in radical Islam and the terrorism that it inspires. All of these are the true reasons that have been revealed to everyone. Whoever sees clearly and has integrity cannot deny them.”

The U.S. State Department confirmed the United States’ withdrawal from UNESCO in October of this year after the organization adopted several resolutions denying Jewish and Israeli heritage to religious sites in Israel, mainly Jerusalem. It announced it would remain a “non-member state” as to in “contribute U.S. views, perspectives and expertise on some of the important issues undertaken by the organization, including the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with French President Emanuel Macron in Paris Friday, their meeting part of the Palestinian’s efforts to find a new peace broker in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as lobby support against Israel and the United States.

Abbas again announced on Friday that “The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from it,” and claimed that the Palestinians have “trust” in France and that “We respect the efforts made by you and we count heavily on your efforts.”

On President Trump’s announcement that American aid would be cut from countries that vote for the resolution against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Abbas stated he “hoped that the others will learn the lesson and understand that you cannot impose solutions by using money and trying to buy off countries.”

Macron stated that France would not make a unilateral decision on a future Palestinian state without approval of the European Union, criticizing the United States for its decision on Jerusalem stating, “The American mistake was to want to unilaterally manage from afar a situation whose solution is in the hands of the Israelis and Palestinians… The Americans have marginalized themselves and I am trying to not do the same thing.”

Last week, Abbas sent two Palestinian Authority delegations to China and Russia in efforts to find a “new international sponsor for the peace process”, the PA confirming “The two delegations will convey a message from President Abbas to Russia and China, the purpose of which is to find a new international sponsor for the peace process, in the framework of the United Nations, in order to replace the American sponsorship.”

Around the same time, Russia offered to replace the United States as an “honest mediator” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronkov, made the offer following the United Nations Security Council vote on Jerusalem on Monday. According to Russian media, he stated “We [Russia] are ready to become an honest mediator here.”

 

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Netanyahu: Jerusalem is our capital. Always was, always will be.

Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects “theater of the absurd” resolution, thanking President Trump and Nikki Haley for their “stalwart defense of Israel”, Dec. 21, 2017.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu rejected the United Nations General Assembly vote denouncing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Referring to the United Nations as the “theater of the absurd”, Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissed the “preposterous resolution”, thanking the countries that voted against, abstained or did not vote.

He stated in a televised address on Thursday night following the vote “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.”

Of the 193-members of the General Assembly, a total of 128 countries voted in favor of the resolution. The United States, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Micronesia, Palau and Togo voted against the resolution, with 35 countries abstaining.

 

 

 

 

Photo: Prime Minister Netanyahu, Screenshot of PM Facebook address, 2017.

Nikki Haley: America will put our embassy in Jerusalem.

In address to UN General Assembly ahead of vote, Haley defends Jewish state and United States’ sovereignty, promising that the 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. And this vote will be remembered,” Dec. 21, 2017.

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US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, gave her address ahead of the UN General Assembly vote on Jerusalem Thursday, focusing on the UN’s bias and hostility toward the State of Israel, as well as the disrespect of the United States in having the resolution voted on in an emergency session.

Speaking of the “wrong that undermines the credibility of this institution”, Haley began her address before the 193-member assembly, “To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel. Both the current and the previous Secretary-Generals have objected to the UN’s disproportionate focus on Israel. It’s a wrong that undermines the credibility of this institution, and that in turn is harmful for the entire world.”

Haley then spoke of Israel’s resilience amidst constant bias and attack from the United Nations, stating, “I’ve often wondered why, in the face of such hostility, Israel has chosen to remain a member of this body. And then I remember that Israel has chosen to remain in this institution because it’s important to stand up for yourself. Israel must stand up for its own survival as a nation; but it also stands up for the ideals of freedom and human dignity that the United Nations is supposed to be about.”

She went on “Standing here today, being forced to defend sovereignty and the integrity of my country – the United States of America – many of the same thoughts have come to mind. The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies. We do this, in part, in order to advance our values and our interests. When that happens, our participation in the UN produces great good for the world. Together we feed, clothe, and educate desperate people. We nurture and sustain fragile peace in conflict areas throughout the world. And we hold outlaw regimes accountable. We do this because it represents who we are. It is our American way.”

Haley reiterated President Trump’s promise that the United States would not “taken advantage of any longer” stating “But we’ll be honest with you. When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our good will is recognized and respected. When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected. What’s more, that nation is asked to pay for the “privilege” of being disrespected. In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege. Unlike in some UN member countries, the United States government is answerable to its people. As such, we have an obligation to acknowledge when our political and financial capital is being poorly spent.”

She added, “We have an obligation to demand more for our investment. And if our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our resources in more productive ways. Those are the thoughts that come to mind when we consider the resolution before us today.”

President Trump threatened to cut American aid to countries that voted in favor of the resolution, the president stating following the United States’ veto at the Security Council Monday “They [UN] 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. People are tired of the United States- people that live here, our great citizens that love this country- they’re tired of this country being taken advantage of, and we’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”

Haley then defended President Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, referring to the history of the United States commitment to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, stating “The arguments about the President’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem have already been made. They are by now well known. The decision was in accordance to U.S. law dating back to 1995, and it’s position has been repeatedly endorsed by the American people ever since. The decision does not prejudge any final status issues, including Jerusalem’s boundaries. The decision does not preclude a two-state solution, if the parties agree to that. The decision does nothing to harm peace efforts. Rather, the President’s decision reflects the will of the American people and our right as a nation to choose the location of our embassy. There is no need to describe it further.”

The ambassador then stated that there is “a larger point to make”, promising that “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. 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.”

Haley ended her address ahead of the vote, reiterating “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,” adding that the General Assembly 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. And this vote will be remembered.”

Since 2012, the United Nations General Assembly has passed 97 resolutions on countries for human rights and international law violations. Of them, 83 have been against the State of Israel.

 

 

Photo: Nikki Haley at the UNGS, Screenshot, 2017