The Palestinians naturally celebrate, the UN’s lie is their feast, Jerusalem according to the vote is not the capital of Israel, and apparently all the delegations and heads of state that have visited the Knesset there were wrong. Trump has been deliberately misunderstood: he has simply recognized a truism, and has left both sides open to decide upon a final agreement and asked them to maintain the status quo until one is reached. Instead, he was assaulted by a mob of anti-American sentiment, finally. The victory is emblematic of the UN’s hate fest against the US and Israel. How nice it must have been to call Trump and Israel “colonialist” like the Palestinian Foreign Minister Ryiad Maliki did, and for Erdogan to exalt Turkey “democracy” by counting on the backing of rogue states that shield them at the UN.

But something has changed: it’s true, there were only 9 votes in favor of Trump’s decision from the usual small and courageous countries. There have been many surprises, however, among the 35 who abstained: Europe has split, Hungary, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia, and Bosnia (Muslim!) have broken with the customary European consensus despite Macron’s insistence. Italy voted in favor of the resolution, and it’s a shame, more, a mortal sin. All its recent Prime Ministers spoke to the Knesset proclaiming undying friendship. Everyone has seen the beauty and the care Jews have put on the city loved for 3,000 years, never anyone else’s capital, and the democratic respect for the three religious components.

The vote was a mixture of anti-Semitism, fear, and blindness on behalf those who do not see that only the truth can bring about a peace process, and that today’s prevailing lies will push the Palestinians to keep terrorism as a main weapon while rejecting Israel.

The UN General Assembly’s atavistic dream is to humiliate the U.S., viewing Israel as the longus manus of American power. The majority of member states don’t acknowledge that the latter has supported a peace process, which the Arab world has always refused, even when the Palestinians were offered twice a large part of Jerusalem. They underpin that the Jews are extraneous to Jerusalem and even to Israel, and colonialism justifies their “armed resistance”, i.e. terrorism, and rockets from Gaza. Perhaps not even the resolution Obama abstained from at the UN Security Council last December was dramatic as the last vote at the General Assembly. Here, the obvious truth was negated and banned by the UN, along with the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The UN’s General Assembly’s 128-9 vote with 35 abstentions and 21 absent to declare Trump’s decision “null and void” isn’t a good result, but is surprising that Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Congo… Abstained: Africa and Latin America have responded to Netanyahu’s diplomatic overtures this year. Erdogan ranted, as he always does, against the US and Israel saying that “you can not buy Turkey’s democracy will with your dollars”. Two wrong implications for the leader of a truly undemocratic and very corrupt country.

Yes, it’s a bit rude to mention money, as Trump did by announcing that he will remember those who voted against the U.S., but it is also illogical to spend so much money on those who take advantage of the first opportunity to insult and boycott you.

The U.S. makes up 22 percent of the UN’s budget, which between ordinary and extraordinary expenses amounts to more than $800 billion. According to a recent academic study, a sea of corruption and disgusting behavior taints the UN, including sexual exploitation. Its committees deal mostly with condemning Israel, while those countries that violate every human right play the role of judges. Maintaining a factory of pure hate, that’s an act of folly.

Translation by Amy Rosenthal

This article originally appeared in slightly different form in Italian in Il Giornale (December 22, 2017)