Well, this is a surprising show of unity. And perhaps finally something we can actually be proud our elected officials are doing.
Not exactly sure where this show of support for Israel is coming from – and unfortunately, not exactly sure if it will actually accomplish a damn thing – but every member of our U.S. Senate just signed a letter to the United Nations basically saying stop bashing Israel for everything.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, All 100 U.S. senators signed a letter Thursday asking United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to ensure that Israel receives fair and equal treatment at the world body, which the lawmakers said has advanced an “anti-Israel agenda.”
The letter, written by Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Chris Coons (D., Del.) and signed by every member of the Senate, insisted that the U.N.’s treatment of the Jewish state is “unacceptable” and must be addressed, the Washington Post reported.
“Through words and actions, we urge you to ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other U.N. member in good standing,” the letter said. “We are deeply committed to international leadership and to advancing respect for human rights. But continued targeting of Israel by the U.N. Human Rights Council and other U.N. entities is unacceptable.”
Well it’s about gosh-darn time they’ve said that, right?
The letter also asked Guterres, who became secretary general in January, for institutional changes at the U.N., addressing the rules for membership on the human rights panel. U.S. officials believe members are generally self-interested countries that do not pursue the body’s mission.
NEWS FLASH: Understatement of the year.
Per the letter, “We urge you to seek specific reforms to end the [Human Rights Council’s] imbalanced focus on Israel, including through removal of Agenda Item VII and requiring competition among states seeking membership on the council.”
“If you continue to build on your recent action, we stand ready to work with you to eliminate the organization’s anti-Israel bias, and to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms.”
Ok, that’s all well and good, but unless there are consequences for bad behavior, we’ll just get more bad behavior. A step in the right direction for sure. But just a step.
Meanwhile, we send mixed messages, as Mahmoud Abbas the
terrorist in charge president of the Palestinian Authority is going to be speaking with President Trump in the White House next week.
There is that old adage about keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer…but is anyone else uncomfortable and this little tête-à-tête?
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of Do I Need To Slap You?]