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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.”

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