21 May 2019   Leave a comment

The UN General Assembly has voted, 128-9, to declare the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “null and void”. Just a few days ago, the US vetoed a similar resolution in the UN Security Council. The resolution is not legally binding, but the vote represents a significant repudiation of the US position on Jerusalem. The vote also indicates the extent to which US policy deviates from world opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Nevertheless, the vote will not affect US policy to any degree whatsoever.

US President Trump tweeted the following on Sunday: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran… Never threaten the United States again!” The rhetoric is inflammatory and follows his diplomatic style of making serious-sounding threats, such as he did with respect to North Korea. He did not, however, follow through on his rhetoric in that case, leaving many to wonder how serious those threats may be. The US Congress was briefed on the threats from Iran today by Secretary of State Pompeo and Defense Secretary Shanahan. There was, however, skepticism expressed by members of Congress on the briefing. It is hard to figure out exactly what the US Iranian policy actually is.

Posted May 21, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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