The Trump administration secured a key victory yesterday at the hostile United Nations, as Holocaust-denying, kleptocratic, jihad-subsidizing Palestinian Authority (PA) chieftain Mahmoud Abbas failed to rally sufficient support to merely force a U.N. Security Council vote on a Palestinian draft resolution that would have rejected the Trump administration’s recently unveiled “deal of the century” peace plan.
The Security Council vote assuredly would have been vetoed by the United States, a permanent member, but the failure to even successfully garner support to stage a symbolic vote represents a monumental embarrassment for Abbas, the PA successor to unrepentant terrorist Yasser Arafat — himself a mentee of Hitler ally Haj Amin al-Husseini, the former grand mufti of Jerusalem. The diplomatic effort to stymie the symbolic vote, halting it dead in its tracks, thus also represents a clear win for the Trump administration’s United Nations diplomatic team. The United Nations, of course, is a body infamously hostile to the Jewish state and infamously mollycoddling of the Palestinian-Arab cause.
Abbas is speaking today at a special meeting of the U.N. Security Council. He had initially hoped to stage a Security Council vote on the “deal of the century” to follow his speech.
“This is a significant setback for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas,” Barak Ravid opined yesterday for Axios. “The postponement follows efforts from Jared Kushner and other administration officials over the last few days to dilute the text of the resolution and prevent a vote.”
“U.S., Israeli, and Palestinian officials say the text had to be softened because several Security Council members wanted to avoid a confrontation with the U.S.,” Ravid continued. “Several sentences that referred directly to the Trump plan were removed.”
According to Ravid, PA officials still hope to bring the condemnatory resolution up for a Security Council vote later this week.
“There was immediate speculation that the delay was a backhanded way of pulling the resolution because it lacked the requisite support of nine members for passage,” The Jerusalem Post reported. “Otherwise, it would have been considered that the resolution had failed. The delay comes amid U.S. pressure to soften the language of the resolution towards the U.S. and Israel. A U.S. source with direct knowledge of the negotiations between the members of the Security Council told the Post earlier on Monday that if the resolution would get a vote, a number of countries are expected to abstain.”
“The softening of the language comes after U.S. special envoy Jared Kushner’s briefing with [Security Council] members last Thursday,” the Post continued. “Kushner was accompanied by Trump’s assistant and special envoy for international negotiations Avi Berkowitz, and U.S. envoy Brian Hook. The source added that ‘there are numerous countries who are considering abstaining’ if the wording is not changed.”
The U.S. has historically often used its permanent seat the Security Council to veto anti-Israel measures — a trend notably bucked in December 2016 by the outgoing anti-Israel Obama administration, with respect to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2234.