Conservative political commentator Mike Huckabee joined calls for the U.S. to exit the United Nations. The sentiment comes in the wake of a U.N. Security Council resolution denouncing Israel and its ongoing construction of settlements in the West Bank.
On Dec. 23, the 15-member Security Council approved Resolution 2334 condemning Israel’s settlements by a vote of 14 to 0, with one abstention from the U.S.
“I think we ought to get jackhammers and we ought to jackhammer the whole thing off, float it into the East River,” Huckabee told Fox News of the U.N. headquarters in New York City on Dec. 27, notes The Hill. “Ask anybody who would like to host it, to come pick it up, haul it off. And it will be a lot easier to park in Manhattan after we get rid of it.”
Huckabee’s comments echo President-elect Donald Trump’s own disdain for the U.S. abstention on the vote and that it didn't use its veto.
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“As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 23, referencing the date he will be sworn into office.
“The big loss yesterday for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 24. “Too bad, but we will get it done anyway!”
On Dec. 27, Trump continued his assault.
“The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”
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“They’re trying to push Israel into accepting borders that would essentially be a suicide pact if Israel were ever to agree to it,” Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, told Fox News.
“Some may cast the U.S. vote as a sign that we have finally given up on a two-state solution,” Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council ahead of the vote, notes Haaretz.
Power went on to explain the U.S. stance on the situation:
Nothing could be further from the truth. None of us can give up on a two-state solution. We continue to believe that that solution is the only viable path to provide peace and security for the state of Israel, and freedom and dignity for the Palestinian people. And we continue to believe that the parties can still pursue this path, if both sides are honest about the choices, and have the courage to take steps that will be politically difficult.
While we can encourage them, it is ultimately up to the parties to choose this path, as it always has been. We sincerely hope that they will begin making these choices before it is too late.
Trump nominated South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to the post of United Nations ambassador in late November, reports The New York Times. On Dec. 15, he nominated bankruptcy lawyer, and Israeli settlement supporter, David M. Friedman as the incoming U.S. ambassador to Israel.