Over 100 members of the United Nations voted to condemn the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving our embassy there from Tel Aviv.
In total, 128 countries voted in favor of the UN resolution, nine voted against it, and 35 nations abstained.
CNN’s Jake Tapper has not hidden his doubts over how the embassy move in Israel would encourage stability in the region, judging by his testy questioning of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley earlier this month. Yet, he did not let that stop him from making some important observations about the UN vote Thursday and, in turn, its sheer hypocrisy. After all, don't several of those member nations have some "questionable records?"
A representative from Venezuela, for example, said, “the U.S. is imperiling global peace” with the embassy decision.
Really? Tapper said (I’m paraphrasing.)
Tapper was stunned that a representative from a country in a humanitarian disaster could dare to lecture the U.S.
“With violence in the streets, an economy in complete collapse, citizens malnourished, dying children being turned away from hospitals, starving families joining street gangs to scramble for food,” Tapper explained, while showing footage of Venezuelan violence.
On what “moral platform” do these governments stand today?
Pretty rocky ones.
Syria, a country in its seventh year of civil war, had the audacity to give the U.S. an earful despite reports that President Bashar al-Assad has used deadly chemical weapons against his own citizens, Tapper reminded his viewers.
Joining this group of lecturers were the likes of Yemen, which has 7 million citizens on the brink of starvation, North Korea, Myanmar, Turkey and China - all of which don't exactly have stellar human rights records.
Tapper then shared a statistic that could explain why it's perhaps not surprising at all that the UN voted overwhelmingly against the embassy move. From 2012-2015, the UN has adopted 97 resolutions specifically criticizing an individual country. Eighty-three of those have targeted Israel.
Is Israel “truly deserving” of this international condemnation? Tapper wondered.
Haley said the U.S. won't forget who voted against them. We will be "taking names."
This photo has been retweeted and shared thousands of times, but it's worth another go.
At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017