TRUMP COULD USE REAGAN TOUCH ON ISRAEL
The relations between the U.S. and Israel are fairly miserable following a United Nations Security Council resolution that declared Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank illegal; the U.S. abstained from the vote. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared his nation will ignore the vote. What now?
“President-elect Donald Trump has said that things at the UN will be different after January 20. But the damage to Israel has been done, and won’t be undone easily. There is every reason to believe that Trump will re-establish our friendship with Israel. There is no reason for him not to do so. But he has to do more,” writes American Spectator contributing editor Jed Babbin.
“Ronald Reagan was a conservative internationalist. He wanted to engage with the world, but chose wisely not to do so through the UN. Trump must pursue our foreign policy on those grounds. The UN is only a danger because President Obama has allowed it to govern our foreign policy for the past eight years,” he advises.
“Some in Congress have advocated diminishing our funding of the UN which accounts for at least 22 percent of its annual revenue. Trump should demand that Congress drastically reduce our payments to the UN. We await his decision to press Congress to do so. We’ll see if he does. Part of history’s judgment of his presidency will be rendered on it,” Mr. Babbin cautions. “It’s time to walk Reagan’s path again and not let the anti-American, anti-Israel United Nations decide our policies.”