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Lord, may America stand steadfast and strong with our friend, Israel.
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When it comes to Israel, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is pretty predictable. Its repeated actions against the strongest democracy in the Middle East should be shocking. But sadly when it passes multiple resolutions against Israel — like it did wrapping up its session in Geneva this week — that is just par for the course.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi declared on Twitter, “Today, the Human Rights Council has once again proven itself to be an anti-Israel, discriminatory, and hypocritical body.”

And he has reason to be disturbed. As the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) noted this week, “The Jewish state remains the only country about which the UNHRC has a permanent agenda item.”

Yes, you read that right. Item 7 on the “human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories” is a permanent fixture on the council’s regular agenda. Of all the places in the world the UNHCR could focus its attention year in and year out, it has chosen Israel.

That’s one reason the Trump administration pulled out of the council in 2018. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley noted at that time that body had passed more resolutions against Israel than North Korea, Iran, and Syria put together.

“This disproportionate focus and unending hostility toward Israel is clear proof that the council is motivated by political bias, not by human rights,” she then said.

Last month Haley reinforced that position in a statement chiding the Biden administration for wishing to rejoin the council.

“The US should not give credibility to the sham UN Human Rights Council,” she tweeted. “A group that covers for the world’s worst human rights violators and spends most of its time attacking Israel.”

To be fair, the Biden State Department did — at the very end of its release this week about re-engaging the council — note ongoing concern with Item 7. And U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken did confront the council directly with the need to “eliminate Agenda Item 7 and treat the human rights situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories the same way as this body handles any other country.”

However, judging by this week’s UNHCR resolution results, more declarations and practical applications of steadfast American support for our strongest Middle East ally will be needed from the Biden administration. Unfortunately, those actions may require increasing boldness on Biden’s part as numerous progressive leaders here in the U.S. also become more and more antagonistic towards Israel.

That struggle could even be complicating U.S. defense aid to Israel. In a recent article titled “Don’t Cut Or Condition US Military Aid To Israel,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) argues against such calls from certain leaders whom she doesn’t name, but who include heavyweights like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Murphy insists those cuts and conditions are “counter-productive and dangerous.” To the contrary, she suggests regional adversaries are deterred and others are willing to take risks for peace when the U.S. exhibits a solid commitment to Israel.

A bipartisan letter being circulated for signatures on Capitol Hill by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) similarly urges against the far Left’s push for cuts or conditions on this aid. “Just as foreign assistance is an investment in advancing our values and furthering our global interests, security aid to Israel is a specific investment in the peace and prosperity of the entire Middle East,” they say.

The world needs to know that America’s support for Israel is strong and steadfast. Let’s pray our leaders continue to ensure that message is delivered loud and clear.

How will you pray for your Israel and America today?

Aaron Mercer is a Contributing Writer with two decades of experience in Washington, D.C.s public policy arena. He reflects on faith, technology, and the public square at FTPolicy.com. (Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

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March 29, 2021

For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye:
Zechariah 2:8

Stand with Israel, the apple of God’s eye!

Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen

March 28, 2021

Even if our country doesn’t support Israel we, American people will!

Tanya Williams
March 28, 2021

Father, we know PM B.N was appointed by your hand to lead Israel for such a time as this. Bless his administration in every way. Protect him, his family and his council from the fiery darts of the enemy. Call all who know your name to bless Israel in the name of Jesus.

Yvonne Pendleton
March 28, 2021

The Lord said He would bless those who bless Israel&curse those who curse Israel. We best herd that command!

Santo Garcia, Jr.
March 27, 2021

America has futilely sought peace in the Middle East making concessions to Muslim nations. See the pattern of presumption that our wayward nation has adopted for too long. Trump was the best leader Israel ever had in America. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.


March 27, 2021

“I will bless those who bless Israel, I will curse those who curse Israel.” Our God couldn’t be clearer than that! Whether this administration believes that or not, it is true! God help us to stand with Israel, always!

March 27, 2021

Excellent article, Aaron. If there ever was a time that we need to stand with, and show our support for Israel, it is now. The days that we are living in make our support for Israel so very important. Lord, please give everyone who is involved with policymaking within the Biden-Harris Administration, wisdom in how to proceed with Israeli- American relations. It is so important to our nation to stand up in support of the nation of Israel. In Jesus’ name we pray..

March 27, 2021

Lord, please convict the Biden administration to defend Israel. Provide Heavenly strategies to our international leaders and decision makers in favor of Israel. Have mercy on our nation and give us the boldness to stand against the obvious evils towards our Israeli brothers and sisters. In Jesus Name, amen.

    Donna Gantt
    March 27, 2021

    Father may our nation continue to bless Isreal for your word tells us those that curse Isreal shall be cursed and those that bless shall be blessed we stand with Isreal..Surround us with your presence cause hearts to be changed cause minds to be changed you can direct Kings and rulers oh God you can move mountains we call out for your intervention into our lives we are bowing our knee we submit to your will and your direction gives us strength to stand united against the enemy of our soul his desire is to kill steal and destroy Gods people may we not grow weary in the battle yes the battle belongs to you yet faith without works is dead when we have done all we can do to stand we must STAND not bowing the knee to anyone or anything but u! We praise and honor you Father!


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