(NationalSentinel) After reaffirming the United States’ special, long-standing friendship with Great Britain, from whence ourÂ founders came, President Donald J. Trump is now setting his sights on rebuildingÂ Washington’s ties to the only democracy in the Middle East - Israel.
Relations got so bad between the U.S. and the Jewish state under President Obama - he of the Iran “nuclear deal” fame - that on the way out the door, the former president instructed his United Nations representative, Samantha Powers, to abstain from a vote condemning Israel over its building of settlements in the West Bank.
That was unprecedented - and, frankly,Â wrong. But Obama seldom passed up an opportunity to help a thuggish, rogueÂ Arab state while hurting Israel.
Trump wants to patch things up again, however, as reported by theÂ Washington Free Beacon:
The White House is sending a strong signal that it will no longer tolerate Palestinian intransigence at the United Nations or the international bodyâ€™s long record of anti-Israel action, according to White House officials and sources in Congress who told theÂ Washington Free BeaconÂ that the Trump administration will “unabashedly support Israel” in the months and years ahead.
The Trump administration sent shockwaves through the U.N. late last week when it took a stance against the appointment of a senior Palestinian official to serve in a top post overseeing Libya.
White House officials, as well as senior sources in Congress, told theÂ Free BeaconÂ that the move is part of a larger effort to solidify U.S. support for Israel and counter a range of last-minute moves by the former Obama administration aimed at severing U.S.-Israel ties.
TheÂ Free BeaconÂ first reported earlier this year that the Trump administration and Congress had already been working on a range of measures meant to boost U.S. support for Israel at the U.N.
“The United States was disappointed to see a letter indicating the intention to appoint the former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister to lead the U.N. Mission in Libya,” Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said in a statement opposing the selection of Fayyad. “For too long the U.N. has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel.”
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“The United States does not currently recognize a Palestinian state or support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nations, however, we encourage the two sides to come together directly on a solution,” Haley said in a vast departure from Obama administration rhetoric. “Going forward the United States will act, not just talk, in support of our allies.”
To say this is refreshing is an understatement. While every nation acts in its own best interests, with Israel being no different, there had been a special bond between Washington and Tel Aviv for decades until Obama came along and nearly destroyed it.
While the U.S. has other “allies” in the Middle East, none is so stridently pro-American as Israel, especially under Netanyahu. TheÂ Free Beacon noted further:
A senior White House official familiar with the move told theÂ Free BeaconÂ that the Palestinians will no longer get a free pass to push their anti-Israel agenda and win statehood outside the parameters of the peace process.
“It is so refreshing to have an American ambassador to the United Nations who will unabashedly support our ally Israel,” one senior member of the White House’s National Security Council told theÂ Free Beacon. “The appointment of Salam Fayyad as the official U.N. envoy to Libya would be an incremental step towards unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood by the U.N. absent an agreement with Israel.”
“Ambassador Haley took the only appropriate action and we are looking to supporting her actions any way we can,” the source said.
In addition to taking these pro-Israel actions,Â reports have said that TrumpÂ may use executive powers toÂ decrease U.S.Â contributions to the world bodyÂ because it regularly acts against American interests.