The American Jewish International Relations Institute (AJIRI) was founded to educate the public on the UN’s program to delegitimize Israel, and how that program can be brought to an end.
Many Americans, including members of the Jewish community, have given up on the UN. They may not realize that the effort to delegitimize Israel is managed by a small clique of anti-U.S. and anti-Israel operatives at UN headquarters in New York. This group — with Cuba playing a leading role — can round up overwhelming votes in favor of anti-Israel resolutions because a “silent majority” — heads of government of many countries friendly to the U.S. and Israel — are simply not aware of the politics of the UN, and therefore do not instruct their UN representatives to oppose these destructive actions.
AJIRI has developed a strategy to persuade this “silent majority” to shift their votes at the UN. With information provided by AJIRI, a bipartisan group of more than 40 Members of the U.S. Congress is actively reaching out to heads of government of friendly nations, urging them to support UN reforms which will shut down destructive anti-Israel activities, which are contrary to the principles of the UN Charter.
Persuading Friendly Nations to Change Their Anti-Israel Votes
AJIRI’s analysis of the votes cast in support of anti-Israel resolutions shows that the nations that vote against Israel fall into two categories:
- UN members that are anti-Israel and/or anti-American;
- members that are friends of the U.S., may receive significant aid from the U.S., have good bilateral relations with Israel and have no substantive reason for voting against Israel.
Little can be done about the first group. The challenge is to persuade nations in the second group to change their votes so as to defeat the anti-Israel measures.
Among nations in this second group, decisions on UN votes are usually made by the country’s ambassador in New York or by mid-level officials in foreign ministries. Often their government’s leaders are not aware of these UN votes, and in particular, these leaders are not aware that the votes were cast in opposition to U.S. positions. In this situation, it is necessary to reach beyond their ambassadors and foreign ministries, and present the case directly to heads of government of countries which are friends of the United States. As a matter of protocol, this cannot easily be done by our State Department, nor is the White House staffed to deal with more than 50 heads of government regarding detailed UN issues. That is why AJIRI has reached out to sympathetic Members of Congress and has encouraged the formation of a unique and effective program of congressional contacts with the heads of government of nations friendly to the U.S.