President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: the End of Hegemony?

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President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: the End of Hegemony?

Written by James Petras; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

Introduction

The Trump regime proclaimed that the vote in the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a strategic US decision.

Both President Trump and his bombastic UN Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened that all decisions and agreements regarding alliances, loans, aid and diplomatic relations were at stake.

Moreover, the Trump regime clearly defined the style and substance of US imperial dictates: All UN member nations (large and small) must grovel in the most abject manner to his orders. Ambassador Haley demanded that each nation on earth accept Trump’s and the racist-Zionist Netanyahu’s declaration that the ancient city of Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided and ethnically managed capital of the Jews. Trump’s message was loud and clear – he was the great ‘decider’ and the UN votes would identify America’s true friends and enemies. “We are making a list… and there will be consequences…”

Clearly Trump’s boast of US power and Haley’s assumption that her terrifying threats would ensure that Washington had a majority vote in the ‘gifting’ of Jerusalem to Zio-fascism. They believed that US dominance and global hegemony was absolute and unassailable. The vote proved something else, something very new was happening.

The US suffered an overwhelming and humiliating defeat, one that kept Ambassador Haley dexterous fingers busy ‘taking notes’: 128 nations demanded that the Trump regime withdraw its declaration that Jerusalem was Israel’s undivided capital for Jews. Only 9 micro-nations (some mere postage stamps and a few death-squad banana-stans) voted with the Trump-Haley decision, 35 mendicant-states put their heads down and abstained while 21 timorous ambassadors chose to hide their shamelessness in the toilet stalls rather than show up for this important vote.

Political Context

First and foremost it is important to discuss the steps leading up to the US suffering such a crushing debacle. In other words, who was responsible for leading the Trump Administration by the nose down the blind alley of submission to the dictates of Zio-fascism.

The leader and driving force behind the UN disaster was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose quest to seize Jerusalem and convert it into the ‘eternal’ capital of the Jews was his top priority. For decades the entire world has rejected Israel’s seizure of Jerusalem and its conversion into an ethnically cleansed capital for the ‘Jewish’ state. The UN and international jurists denounced Israel’s colonial conquest and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Netanyahu took charge with the election of Donald Trump as President. Operation Jerusalem was his first order to Puppet Donald. A number of Israel-First multi-billionaires, who financed Trump’s electoral campaign, demanded an immediate pay-off from their puppet: The Administration’s unconditional support for Netanyahu’s agenda. Despite protests from the rest of the world, especially the US closest European allies, Trump plunged the nation right into the Zionist soup: a Jewish Jerusalem; the systematic eviction of all Arabs, Christian, Muslim and secular, and the eventual annexation of all of Palestine; as well as an increasing military confrontation with Iran.

Real estate speculator, Jared Kushner, Trump’s pampered son-in- law, and a complete Netanyahu flunky, became the senior advisor for the Middle East. Kushner pressured Trump’s National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn to intervene with Russia on behalf of Israel’s take-over of Jerusalem. Flynn was subsequently prosecuted for discussing global US Russian relations and the ‘good soldier’ is falling on his sword on behalf of the Zionists. Not surprising, the Congressional Democrats, the FBI and the Special Prosecutor found it easier to prosecute Flynn for his discussion regarding de-escalating the tense US-Russian relations provoked by the Obama administration than his discussions with the Kremlin in support of Israel’s seizure of Jerusalem!

Netanyahu’s operational weapons in manipulating US policy involved Jared Kushner, the billionaire Israel-First donors, the AIPAC and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Tel Aviv succeeded in securing Trump’s commitment to the Israeli agenda, despite opposition from the entire UN National Security Council and the overwhelming majority of the General Assembly. In the style of a typical authoritarian, US President Trump grovels at the feet of his ‘superior’, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while tearing at the throats of his ‘inferiors’, the 193 member nations of the UN General Assembly.

Netanyahu’s vitriolic bar room threats against the entire membership of the UN prior to the vote ensured the repudiation of all Security Council representatives with the exception of his South Carolina puppet, Ambassador Nikki Haley. Trump and Haley backed the blustering Netanyahu by issuing gangland threats to all UN representatives who dare to oppose Washington’s dictates.

In this way, Prime Minister Netanyahu secured the greatest diplomatic and political success of his career – the total submission of the US to his agenda, at the risk of a major humiliation in the UN. This, in effect, formalized Israeli hegemony over Washington, for the world to see.

In contrast to Netanyahu’s beaming success, the US suffered a historic diplomatic defeat: Fourteen times as many nations voted against the demands of the US President over– Netanyahu’s grab of Jerusalem.

What makes the defeat even more striking is the fact that all major allies and most of the biggest aid recipients openly defied the US threats. Eight of the ten biggest US aid recipients voted against Trump–Netanyahu–Haley. This bizarre troika is now left with an enemy list circling the entire globe, and a few timorous allies in the South Pacific and among the death squads of Guatemala.

Trump’s total and puerile embrace of the raving Netanyahu has exposed and widened fissures in US global hegemony.

Apart from ‘capturing’ Netanyahu’s vote, the other pro Trump nations included a handful of insignificant Pacific islands (Marshall Islands, Palau, Micronesia), Togo, a corrupt African mini-state and two banana-sized ‘death squad democracies’, Honduras and Guatemala. The latter two regimes hold power via stolen elections backed by narco-thugs in the pay (dubbed ‘foreign aid’) of the US.

President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: the End of Hegemony?

All of the leading Asian and Western European countries voted against Trump. They openly rejected the crude blackmail of the US-Israel duet. Subservient regimes in Eastern Europe, corrupt regimes in Latin America and some horrifically impoverished nations in Africa and Asia chose to abstain or excuse themselves to the bathrooms of Times Square. Narco-neo-liberal regimes in Mexico, Colombia, Paraguay, Panama and the Dominican Republic abstained. Even rightwing Eastern European regimes, which usually give unquestioned support to all US demands, like Romania, Bosnia, Poland and Latvia defied Nikki Haley’s ‘name taking’ by abstaining. The ‘no-shows’ (hiding in the toilets) included US puppets like Georgia, Samoa, St Kitts and Tonga.

An openly humiliated UN Ambassador Haley was left with the task of thanking the abstainers and ‘no-shows’ for their courage and preparing a few bags of goodies (matzos, Mogan David wine and discounts to the brothels of Tel Aviv) for the torturers of Honduras and half-drowned ‘leaders’ of Palau in gratitude for such loyalty.

Conclusion

Clearly Trump’s championing of a racist, colonialist, ethnic cleansing state like Israel is view as a strategic diplomatic disaster. The Manhattan egomaniac has tied the US fortunes to the whims of a pariah state led by a complete lunatic.

Trump’s decision to demonstrate total loyalty to his Zionist billionaire campaign ‘donor-owners’ and his Israel-First son-in-law in his first major foreign policy decision failed to impress any of the influential nations of the world – East or West. Indeed, it showed how fractured and dangerously dysfunctional the US Administration had become.

Most important, Trump’s proclamation of a unipolar world based on his notion of the US’s economic power has collapsed. Israel, despite Haley’s bluster and list-taking, has no legitimacy. It’s continued Mossad assassinations of leading Palestinians and others and the increasing IDF slaughter of the spontaneous Palestinian civilian resistance has failed to improve its international standing – except among Guatemalan torturers.

However, it is not clear that the US has lost its big power influence regarding other regional conflicts. The subsequent UN Security Council vote in favor of Washington’s demands for added sanctions against North Korea demonstrated Trump’s power to intimidate the oligarchs and leaders of China and Russia.

In other words, limits on US power still depend on the issues, the allies, the diplomatic appeals, the adversaries and the distribution of benefits and costs.

In the case of Jerusalem, Real Estate Mogul Trump’s bizarre decision to hand an entire city over to the Zionists alienated all Muslims and Christians the world over, as well as the secular Western liberal nations and emerging powers, like Russia and China. The US tied its prestige to the whims of a paranoid nation arrogantly flaunting its racist superiority complex, backed by groups of immensely wealthy overseas dual citizens.

Diplomatically, Israel’s vituperative responses to any legal criticism from world bodies undermines its chances of coalition building.

Finally, Washington’s support for Israel’s perpetual and overt violation of international law and its bombing of humanitarian missions makes Israel a very costly ally.

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  • wimroffel

    It is easy to discard the Jerusalem recognition as yet another outrage of Trump. But it seems that this was rather well considered and coordinated with several Arab countries. An important motive seems to have been what they considered the obstructive attitude of the Palestinian leadership. Read for example:
    https://www.debka.com/new-us-military-moves-mid-east-israels-syria-air-raid-coordinated/

    Several media have speculated about signs that Egypt supports the move
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/world/middleeast/egypt-jerusalem-talk-shows.html

    Of course one doesn’t need to agree with the decision. But it is too easy to discard it as a whim.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      The debka just has a bunch of racist Jews spouting on it from time to time, The Times story is pretty weak as it really has no acceptance since this was an idea sponsored by CIA double agents in Egyptian Intelligence that had no support from the government.

      So yes you can easily discard the idea of Jerusalem recognition since even those that abstained also had some words for the US to take and listen to very carefully.

      This will become a new words about the US and Israel calling them by their names prophecy is fulfilling itself as we speak Gog and Magog the lands under Satan.

    • Rodger

      If they thought about it and coordinated with their allies Saudi Arabia and Jordan is was one of the weirdest moves ever by those 2 countries. Jordan with a massive ‘Palestinian’ population turned unstable overnight and Saudi Arabia will have trouble looking like the Arab leading nation. Egypt will be laughing because they now can challenge Saudi Arabia’s role in the region without much trouble. Lastly it will make Saudi/Israeli cooperation against Iran next to impossible. So Iran is the biggest winner here.

      • Ronald

        Seemed like an attempt to ignite a strike on Israel , in order for America to have an excuse to attack Iran . No one took a bite of the bait . So yes Iran is still standing , a big win for all .

  • JPH

    Netanyahu wil come to regret this Pyrrhic victory, because he only succeeded in blowing the cover provided by the US “mediated” peace process for Israel’s of under the radar slow and steady expansion in line with the Yinon plan. That “mediation” now exposed as a total sham will fail facilitating that expansion from now on.

    If anything it succeeded in bringing the nations around Israel to recognize the threat of the Yinon plan to the region.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    trump is running faster and faster to impeachment.

  • Igor Dano

    others have to recognize Palestina and reject the foreign parasitic entity in Palestina.
    An eye for an eye.

  • Rob

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDUC4hjtHPw

    Israel is a foreign terrorist network in Palestine using the Jewish religion. Israel have no religion. If You wanna see real Jew then watch this video.

    At the moment all Muslim states face serious challenges from Trump and his terrorist networks… Trump will fully support any terrorist network that stand against any Muslim state in the Middle East to kill nation, damage state defenses and economy… Therefore, Trump targets Muslim states through his own terror networks like Erdogan(AKP), MBS(Sauds), Netanyahu(Israel), ISIS, HTS(Al-Qaeda), FSA and SDF…. Palestine, Yemen, Syria and Iraq etc are in serious trouble now. Only the unity of all Muslim states can save them from Trump and his terror networks.

  • Rob

    https://www.crossed-flag-pins.com/animated-flag-gif/gifs/Palestine_240-animated-flag-gifs.gif

    Palestine is a tiny country that cannot be divided. Since 1944 Palestinians fight just by own resources i.e. stones and knives. Palestinians have made some rockets but these are not effective.

    Since 1948 Israel receiving latest heavy weapons and fighter jets from America. Now Israel producing these heavy weapons themselves but to Palestine no country have given heavy weapons/technology….Now Palestine is a highly vulnerable nation in the world. Israel taking their homes by gunpoints….Therefore, due to air strikes the servicemen and civilian casualties of Palestinians are hundred times higher as compare to Israel.

    If South Africa can liberate from apartheid dictatorship then why not Palestine and Yemen…. All world leaders should have to support Palestinians and Yemenis to end this human rights violations at least for the small kids that have no food, medicines and shelters. Please remove their blocked and provide them political, Militarly, and humaniterian aid to help them to liberate their own country from apartheid KSA and Israel.

  • Rob

    https://www.crossed-flag-pins.com/animated-flag-gif/gifs/Palestine_240-animated-flag-gifs.gif

    650,000 illegal Israeli settlers have secretly entered in Palestine from Germany, France, UK, USA, Poland, Ukraine, Russia etc and now living in illegal settlements (colonies) on Palestinian land, demolishing Palestinian homes and leaving innocent families and children homeless.

    4.7 million Palestinians are classified by the U.N as refugees that were displaced from their homes by Israeli forces by gunpoints….. The Archbishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela as well as other South African leaders have reported that the Israeli apartheid is worse than in South Africa. “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” – Nelson Mandela

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  • Rob

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTzCu30Vo3k

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taFM1rRDNGk

    https://israelpalestine.liveuamap.com/pics/2018/01/01/21591791_0.jpg

    https://i.dawn.com/large/2018/01/5a4a899d63e31.jpg

    Israel army court charged a 16 year old Palestinian youth Ahed Tamimi with assaulting soldiers

    In Palestine the human rights violation is record high. This Palestinian war will end soon and Palestine will be free for ever from Israeli settlers like South Africa. This brave Palestinian girl along with his parents has now detained in the Israeli prisons. She is so brave that she should have to be the prime minister of Palestine.

    This girl defend her country Palestine and is a true Muslim that is why she is now in trouble by Israeli settlers.

    If South Africa can liberate from apartheid dictatorship then why not Palestine and Yemen…. All world leaders should have to support Palestinians and Yemenis to end this human rights violations at least for the small kids that have no food, medicines and shelters. Please remove their blocked and provide them political, Militarly, and humaniterian aid to help them to liberate their own country from apartheid KSA and Israel.

  • RichardD

    This article doesn’t address the fact that the Israel firster US legislature passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act with an overwhelming majority and has supported it in that manner ever since it’s passage contrary to the opposition of most Americans:

    “The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995. The proposed law was adopted by the Senate (93–5), and the House (374–37). The Act became law without a presidential signature on November 8, 1995.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_Embassy_Act

    “Majority of Americans oppose moving embassy to Jerusalem …

    According to a new poll conducted by the University of Maryland, The Middle East and Russia: American attitudes on Trump’s foreign policy, found that a strong majority of Americans (63 percent), including 44 percent of Republicans oppose moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

    https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2017/12/07/majority-of-americans-oppose-moving-embassy-to-jerusalem-poll-suggests

    – Over 40% Of Americans Back Sanctions on Israel –

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/poll-over-40-of-americans-back-sanctions-on-israel-for-crimes-against-palestinians/227594/

    – overwhelming support from US public to allow UN establishment of Palestinian state –

    http://mondoweiss.net/2016/12/overwhelming-establishment-palestinian/

    – 81% of Americans Oppose “Aid” to Israel –

    http://newobserveronline.com/81-americans-oppose-aid-israel/

  • John Mason

    Those decisions by the US is clearly a method of curbing US expenditure.

  • alejoeisabel

    Now that the US oligarchs got their taxes reduced even to the point of paying no taxes, they have no need of this dangerous narcissist. At least for Trump, he will have less tax problems in the future.

  • Bob

    The paradox of all this is that Trump’s ‘America First’ slogan was implicitly a critique of the post-2000 US Neo-Con’s ‘Israel First’ agenda. It came to light in 2004 that a Bush administration official Philip Zelikow, who was on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, had stated explicitly that a prime motive for the Iraq War 2.0 was was to eliminate a threat to Israel – not the US that was never realistically threatened by Iraq under Hussein. The massive US conventional invasion and subsequent occupation became a draining experience for the average North American – and Trump’s election rhetoric against further middle east interventions played well with the electorate some 13 years later. But once in office it didn’t last long – whether Trump was out maneuvered by the Neo-Cons, who saw off Bannon as the ideological architect of ‘America First’ and the primary political threat to ‘Israel First’, or Trump was always a cynical operator who dumped the populist policy at the first hurdle, or some mix of both – the outcome is the same – the US Neo-Cons are throwing their weigh around the White House once again.

    http://www.ipsnews.net/2004/03/iraq-war-launched-to-protect-israel-bush-adviser/