While media attention has been focused on the Gorsuch hearing, Swampcare, and the never-ending “The Russians Cost Hillary the Election” conspiracy theory, a significant change seems to have begun sweeping through the United Nations.
After years of being a virtual cesspool of anti-Israel sentiment, the UN seems to be taking a huge step to the right – and in large part we have Donald Trump to thank for that.
After meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this week, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald Lauder stated that “there is a breath of fresh air coming from the United Nations … a long overdue breath of fresh air.”
The comment comes on the heels of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley having taken a hard-line stance against the continuing parade of anti-Israeli resolutions coming from the UN Human Rights Council. Less than a month after being named to the position by Trump – Haley had this to say about the council’s frequent Israel-bashing:
“I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades. I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias.”
Having made a huge splash with that statement in her new digs, Haley didn’t let up, boycotting a meeting of the council because of an agenda item used to continually issue edicts critical of Israel.
“The United States will not participate in discussions under Agenda Item 7 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, other than to vote against the outrageous, one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions that so diminish what the Human Rights Council should be, and we encourage other Council members who purport to be defenders of human rights to do the same.”
Haley’s firm stance on Israel – backed up by both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump – has already begun yielding results just weeks after she took office. Just last week the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia was forced by Guterres to remove from its website a report accusing Israel of being an apartheid state, a move which prompted chair Rima Khalaf to resign. That resignation was welcome news to Haley.
Further Guterres basically issued a verbal spanking during a radio interview to those at the UN who have attempted to further the narrative that Jews have no ancient ties to Jerusalem – a position anyone who ever attended Sunday School would find incredulous.
“It is completely clear the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple … Jerusalem is, today, a holy city for three religions. These are the facts that nobody can deny.”
Guterres, by the way, is a moderate socialist – who knew those existed? – who in just a few short weeks is already receiving praise for bringing at least some measure of common sense to the UN. But then, when the yardstick you’re being measured by is the recently-departed and much-maligned failure that is former UN head Ban Ki-moon, it doesn’t take nearly as much to be considered a success.
Whether this is a sure sign of significant changes at the UN or just a momentary lapse of insanity is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure – there’s a new bulldog of a sheriff in town, and her name is Nikki Haley.