On Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper blistered despotic nations around the world that chose to condemn the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Tapper commenced his assault by saying, “Remember yesterday, how United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.S. would be taking names of countries that supported a resolution critical of the Trump Administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital?”
Tapper noted that 128 countries voted against the U.S., many of them U.S. allies, and that only nine countries voted with the U.S., with 35 abstentions.
Tapper continued, “Among the 128 countries that voted to condemn the U.S. on this issue were some countries with some rather questionable records of their own; take Venezuela’s representative today.” He then played a clip of Venezuela’s representative to the U.N. smirking, “The world is not for sale. The world is not for sale, and your threats imperil global peace.”
Tapper then launched his fusillade:
“The U.S. imperils global peace,” says the representative of Venezuela, a country in a humanitarian disaster with violence in the streets, an economy in complete collapse; citizens malnourished and children being turned away from hospitals; starving families joining street gangs to scrounge for food. On what moral platform does the government of Venezuela stand today?
Not to be outdone, of course, the U.S. got an earful today from — Syria. We’re in the seventh year of the brutal Syrian civil war that has killed half a million people and displaced millions. Syrian president Bashar al Assad has used chemical weapons against his own citizens, including children.
Also feeling a bit preachy today: Yemen, which helped draft the resolution condemning the U.S., seemingly more focused, at least during the speech on where the U.S. puts its embassy in Israel than on the seven million Yemenis on the brink of starvation in that country’s civil war.
Tapper played a clip of the Yemeni ambassador to the U.N. citing “sensitive circumstances that our region is experiencing and which constitute a threat to international peace and security.”
Tapper commented sarcastically, “Yemen concerned with stability in the region. Interesting.”
Tapper made a brief detour to question whether President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy would contribute to peace before continuing, “Listening to these countries, including North Korea, and Myanmar, and Turkey, and China, lecturing the United Sates about human rights and peace might seem a bit much.”
Then Tapper got to the meat of his argument:
But here is a bit of context that you might not know: According to U.N. Watch, which monitors the United Nations, the United Nations general Assembly, from 2012 through 2015, has adopted 97 resolutions specifically criticizing an individual country, and of those 97, 83 of them have focused on Israel. That is 86%.
Now certainly Israel is not above criticism, but considering the genocide of the Rohinga people in Myanmar, the lack of basic human rights in North Korea, the children starving in the streets of Venezuela, the citizens of Syria targeted for murder by their own leader using the most grotesque and painful of weapons, you have to ask: Is Israel truly deserving of 86% of the world’s condemnation? Or possibly, is something else afoot at the United Nations, something that allows the representative of the Assad government to lecture the United States for moving its embassy.