Jerusalem move backfires
More than 120 countries voting against the decision of the United States of America to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel should serve as an eye opener for the US president Donald Trump. It's a "big defeat" for him as the threats issued by him and his administration had a little impact.
Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour of the resolution. A total of 128 countries backed the resolution, nine voted against and 35 abstained. The countries which voted against the resolution and the ones which abstained from voting tried to remain in good books of Trump but it had little impact on the overall result. The verdict was clear America cannot dictate terms. These countries showed mirror to the President Trump and made him realize that he is no "dictator" and everyone is not bound to follow him.
Ahead of the vote, the United States said it was "singled out for attack" at the United Nations over Jerusalem, which holds Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy sites.
"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, told the 193-member UN General Assembly.
"We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit," she said.
International community isolating United States at the UN General Assembly and Muslim countries uniting to defy the diktat of the US President Donald Trump has driven home a point that times have changed. Countries across the globe have become self reliant and have realized that they can survive without the US aid and help.
There was a time when no country in the world could even think of defying United States due to it being the superpower. There is no doubt about the fact that US president Donald Trump is the most powerful man in the entire world and if he wants he can order the destruction of any country with one stroke of his pen. International community defying his diktat would have shook him.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was the biggest decision which Trump took after taking over as the President of United States but the decision has backfired. Even the countries which US considered as its close allies didn't vote in its favour. Surprisingly, India also did not vote in the favour of the United States despite India having cordial relations with United States and Israel.
It's after a longtime that United States stands isolated. How would President Donald Trump react to the development? Would he remain cool or he would impose sanctions against the countries which opposed his move. Or would he declare a war against these nations? Or would this defeat would open the eyes of President Trump. Would he try to develop the friendly ties with the countries which voted against his decision? Time would tell what Trump would do.
Since the day Donald Trump has taken over as the US President he has remained in news for the wrong reasons. He has made it clear that he hates Muslims. His controversial tweets and statements have made him "unpopular" in the Muslim world. By taking the world head on he is pushing the United States towards an edge. One fails to understand what President Trump wants to achieve by turning the entire world against the United States. Is it that he wants to declare an emergency and go for a war so that he could rule the world. It seems President Trump needs to be reminded that people have elected him for 4-years and he is a democratically elected president and not a monarch.
The decision of the President Trump to recognize disputed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has united the Muslim countries and they opposed his move collectively. Trump's reaction only would determine the future of relations between the United States and the Islamic countries.
During the past 11-months President Trump has dropped enough hints that he is not like his predecessors, who believed in taking everyone along. He has made it clear that he wants to establish the writ of United States across the world. Now it remains to be seen whether he would establish this writ through war or by turning his back towards the countries which don't subscribe to his ideology.
By now he (Trump) would have realized that being anti-Muslim is not going to help his cause. His predecessors, including the former American president Barrack Obama maintained cordial relations with Islamic countries as they knew it very well that Muslims have a say. If Trump has to succeed he would have to rise above his personal likings and dis-likings and would have to show magnanimity. Animosity won't take him anywhere he has to win the hearts and minds of the people rather than instilling fear and threatening them. Siding with handful of Jews and annoying millions of Muslims across the world won't help the cause of United States.
(Javaid Malik is Senior Editor Greater Kashmir.)