Jacinda Ardern is part of a clique of political playground bullies

A gang of teenage girls surround her. Their leader with her hands on her hips glares at the lone girl. “I won’t be bullied by you” she snarls. “You think that just because the teacher has taken your side that you are going to get your way. Well, we have all decided that number 23 is not your locker and that it belongs to our little foreign friend Esnad. You will just have to carry your stuff in a backpack. The school lockers are for Barbie club members only.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (inset) says NZ will not be bullied on its stand on Israel and Jerusalem. Photo: RNZ

Imagine if the UN and other countries tried to tell New Zealand that they had decided that Wellington could not be our capital. If America then stood up for our sovereign right to name our own capital and said that they would move their NZ embassy from Australia to Wellington where it belongs would we see America as a bully? Of course, we wouldn’t as the real bullies are the countries telling us that black is white and that Wellington is not our Capital city despite the obvious fact that it is!

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that go against the US in the upcoming United Nations vote.

The General Assembly will tomorrow consider a resolution criticising Mr Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

This reminds me of the people in the past who were appalled by the modern thinkers who recognised that the earth was round. I am sure that they would have passed a resolution to criticise those thinkers too if they could have.

The draft resolution does not mention the US, but says any decisions on Jerusalem should be cancelled.

Earlier, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned member states that President Trump had asked her to report on “who voted against us”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said officials were currently working though the logistics of the vote, but New Zealand had always supported a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.

“Some of the things that we saw by international actors like the United States recently, those are decisions that should only be made in the context of a resolution around a two-state solution. It took us backwards, not forwards.”

Ms Ardern said New Zealand had always had a proudly independent foreign policy.

Independent? What a joke. When the UN tells our PM to jump she will ask how high?

[…] Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries currently maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. However, President Trump has told the US state department to start work on moving the US embassy.

The 193-member UN General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states, who condemned Mr Trump’s decision to reverse decades of US policy earlier this month.

That is not true. America has always recognised Israel’s capital it is just that Trump is the first President to actually match his actions to his words by undertaking to put the Israeli embassy where it belongs, inside the nations capital city.

The Palestinians called for the meeting after the US vetoed a Security Council resolution, which affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem were “null and void and must be rescinded”, and urged all states to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the holy city”.

The other 14 members of the Security Council voted in favour of the draft, but Ms Haley described it as an “insult”.

[…] on Tuesday, Ms Haley warned in a letter to dozens of member states that encouraged them to “know that the president and the US take this vote personally”.

“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue,” she wrote, according to journalists who were shown the letter.

“The president’s announcement does not affect final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem,” she added. “The president also made sure to support the status quo of Jerusalem’s holy sites.”

Ms Haley echoed the warning on Twitter, writing: “The US will be taking names.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, accused the US of intimidation.[…]

No, intimidation is firing rockets into another nation’s cities and intimidation is digging terror tunnels under the border so that suicide bombers and knife-wielding terrorists can blow up civilians and stab children as they lay sleeping in their beds. Threatening to turn off the gravy train of charity money isn’t intimidation it is a consequence of bad behaviour.

-radionz.co.nz


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