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Analysis: Who voted with Israel at the UN and why did most of the Pacific Islands?

By American Correspondent Mark Stone

The vast majority of the world’s countries voted with the Palestinians today at the United Nations.

But who were the nine countries that opposed Palestine’s bid for UN membership, rights and privileges, and why?

Israel

The current Israeli government is staunchly opposed to a Palestinian state in every sense.

Various iterations of Israeli governments have vacillated over the years on “two states,” but after the October 7 Hamas attacks, Israel’s position has solidified — neither two states, nor a Palestinian state.

They generally do not distinguish between the extremism of Hamas and the moderate nature of other Palestinian political factions, such as the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. It’s a dead end.

then who else?

United States

They stand behind Israel, despite the significant tension that now exists between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

America is committed to a two-state solution, but insists that it starts with a ceasefire and that the establishment of a Palestinian state goes much further.

Speaking after the vote, White House spokesman John Kirby said: “We continue to believe in the promise of a two-state solution and an independent state for the Palestinian people.

“This is something that President Biden remains fully and strongly committed to. We also believe that the best way to do this is through direct negotiations with the parties and not through this type of vote at the United Nations, which is why we voted no.”

As always in geopolitics, relationships are often symbiotic; They are all about mutual benefit even when, as it were, the relationship may seem incompatible.

Hungary

The Eastern European Union member voted for Israel and against the Palestinians.

Don’t think that right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán’s hatred of Hungarian-born Jewish-American billionaire George Soros is a reflection of his views on Israel, even though the anti-Soros narrative is often seen as anti-Semitic.

Anti-Semitism has haunted the political right in Hungary since World War II, when half a million Jewish Hungarians were killed. However, Orban and Netanyahu have a close, long-standing relationship.

Israel and Hungary are linked by mutual interests.

Orbán admires Netanyahu’s ethos of building power out of a small nation-state, and the two leaders have found mutual interest in the face of liberal democratic opposition.

Orbán’s confrontation with the EU coincided with Netanyahu’s assessment that Europe is increasingly anti-Israel.

The Soros hatred also coincides with Netanyahu, that the conspiracy is that Soros is somehow trying to ‘Islamize’ Judeo-Christian Europe with his pro-immigration stance.

Argentina

Argentina’s vote is led by a new populist president, Javier Millay, who has pledged unwavering support for Netanyahu and vowed to move Argentina’s embassy to Jerusalem.

Miley said she plans to convert to Judaism.

Czech republic

The Czech Republic also voted for Israel in line with its strongly pro-Israel position, which has been repeatedly emphasized since October 7.

There is a strong historical connection between Czech leaders and the Zionist movement, which helped to consolidate the Jewish state, which strengthened after the fall of communism in 1989.

As a new democracy, the Czech Republic connected with the young democracy in Israel. Economic ties have flourished in recent years.

Pacific Island Nations

The rest, interestingly, may be the countries of the Pacific Islands: Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Palau.

The reason for their support is simple: direct soft power.

Small developing countries benefit from generous Israeli aid from the government and Israeli charities.

It is understood that in return they will always support Israel in the international organizations of which they are members.

Israel insists its motivation is primarily humanitarian, but officials say it’s also about putting Israel in a better light.

Israel skillfully uses its considerable experience in many arenas.

For example, during natural disasters, Israeli rescue crews are often the first to arrive.

This deliberate soft power diplomacy helped Israel secure votes, but it also held sway in its favor with many other nations.

However, on this vote, on Palestine, global opinion was overwhelmingly against Israel.

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