Sunday, December 24, 2017

These are the Beneficiary Countries that Ignore Trump Threats

The UN General Assembly accepted a resolution refusing recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with 128 votes in favor and 9 disagreeing. Previously, the US threatened with aid cuts.

Ahead of a vote in the United Nations Assembly on Thursday, the United States is making threats to fellow members of the international community: Those who voted against President Donald Trump's decision risk facing diplomatic revenge in the event of a loss of US financial aid.

But the threat did not work. The largest recipient of US funds are mostly Muslim or Arab countries, and they are busy rejecting Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem, including a major US ally of Saudi Arabia. Voting result: 128 supports resolution, 9 refuses and 35 abstentions.
What is more noticeable is the Israeli influence approaching the countries of Africa and South America. Some countries finally decided to vote abstained. But the two biggest powers lobbied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, China and India, have rejected the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

This is the attitude of the international community in the vote at the UN General Assembly on Thursday:

Attitudes of US recipients and Arab allies

Except Israel, the top international aid recipients on the US list are Muslim and Arab countries, such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan. All chose to agree on a resolution of the rejection of Jerusalem's confession. African countries also participated in the stream. The only recipient in the top 10 who did not support the resolution was Kenya.

While in the Arab world, the whole country sounds one in favor of resolution. For the United States, the attitude of these countries, especially influential Saudi Arabia and Egypt, will complicate Middle East diplomacy efforts.

The European voice broke apart

The most important countries in Europe, such as Britain, France and Germany, all took a stand against Donald Trump's policies. The situation is different from those of Eastern European countries that have close ties with Israel. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic voted abstained.

The split in Europe shows the long-standing trend of diplomacy in the EU. Some Eastern European countries run different politics with western European countries. This means, Europe still can not one vote in response to the Middle East peace process.

The Israeli lobby has succeeded in expanding the abstention

In Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Israeli lobby succeeded in persuading some countries that normally support Palestine for this time abstaining. In 2012, when Palestine is recognized as a non-member state, there are 138 countries that voted in favor. In Thursday's vote, only 128 countries voted in favor of the resolution.

That changed attitudes such as Mexico and Argentina who voted abstained. Even Guatemala and Honduras, which usually support the Palestinians, voted yesterday against the resolution. In Africa, the abstainers were Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya. While in Asia, two countries which in 2012 support, Myanmar and the Philippines, this time also abstained vote. But the Israeli lobby has failed to influence India and China, which support the resolution.