The UK was one of 11 countries that abstained from a crucial UN vote last Friday which would have extended the current arms embargo on Iran. Instead, Iran will now be able to freely buy improved weaponry which it undoubtedly plans to use against Israel.

The vote at the UN Security Council failed to pass after just two countries voted in favour, the United States and the Dominican Republic, and two countries voted against, China and Russia, with the rest of the Security Council abstaining.

The move was seen as a blow to the US and a win for Iran. Shamefully, the UK decided to stand on the fence rather than stand up to tyranny.

The UK’s response was highly disappointing to us here at CUFI UK. The British explanation for not supporting the motion was “because it was clear that it would not attract the support of the Council and would not represent a basis for achieving consensus”.

Simply because the vote was unlikely to pass, Britain sat on the fence. This is a feeble excuse.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the UNSC’s decision, calling it “scandalous.”

“The decision of the UN Security Council not to renew the arms embargo on Iran is scandalous”, Netanyahu said. “Iranian terrorism and aggression threaten the peace of the region and the entire world. Instead of opposing weapons sales, the Security Council is encouraging them. We will continue to act in close cooperation with the US and countries in the region to block the Iranian aggression. The State of Israel will continue to act with full force against whoever seeks to undermine its security.”

In response to the UNSC decision, the U.S. triggered the “snapback” mechanism nearly a week after allies on the Council abstained. Sadly, once again, the UK opposes this move. Our government is once again appeasing Iran rather than standing with our allies.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned that the European countries who appease Iran are endangering their own people and said that Iran would not be part of the appeasement.

“Our message is very, very simple, the United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons,” he said at a press conference outside the U.N. Security Council.

“America will not join in this failure of leadership,” Pompeo said. “America will not appease, America will lead.”

It’s time the UK stopped appeasing Iran and stood shoulder to shoulder with America and Israel.

FREE booklet:

Britain’s stand with Israel – 12 actions CUFI would like the UK to take

Related Articles:

Bulgarian court jails Hezbollah duo for life over 2012 bus bombing on Israelis

A Bulgarian court on Monday sentenced two men to life in prison over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country’s Burgas airport. The attack in July 2012 killed five Israelis,...

PA quits chairing Arab League meetings in protest against peace deals

The Palestinian Authority has stepped down from a key Arab League role in protest at the regional bloc's failure to take a stand against Israeli-Arab deals, an official said...

Fatah and Hamas agree to hold Palestinian elections in next six months

Fatah, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, the terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, have agreed to hold elections for all Palestinians within the next six months....

Erdogan gives offensive anti-Semitic speech at UN, causing Israeli ambassador to walk out

CUFI's Erick Stakelbeck breaks down a disturbing recent speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he directly threatened France and Greece--two of Turkey's fellow NATO...

Bahrain’s King at UN says peace with Israel “sends civilised message” to world

Bahrain’s establishment of relations with Israel is a “civilized message”, affirming the country’s commitment for a just and comprehensive peace for all peoples in the...

Become a member of CUFI and receive these mini-books and exclusive lapel-pin