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Eli Lake

The U.S. Just Had a Very Good Week at the UN

That Jerusalem vote was a sideshow. Meanwhile, the American ambassador got some real work done.
It's not a popularity contest. She's got a real agenda.

It's not a popularity contest. She's got a real agenda.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

After the UN General Assembly voted this week to condemn U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the conventional wisdom is that the Trump administration has only isolated itself at the United Nations.  

And it's easy to see the logic. America's adversaries gloated. Palestinians cheered. Even staunch allies like France and the U.K. joined the majority of finger waggers. After all, the UN General Assembly did vote 128 to 9 to condemn the U.S. after Ambassador Nikki Haley promised that she would be "taking names."