The United Nations was outraged when President Trump announced on Dec. 6 that the United States would be recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and would be moving the U.S. Embassy there, from Tel Aviv.
Thursday, the U.N. delivered their formal rebuke to Trump’s decision, condemning the move in a landslide vote of 128 in favor of the resolution to oppose Trump, and 9 votes opposed to the resolution. another 35 countries abstained from voting.
Canada was one of the countries who abstained from the vote. “Canada’s longstanding position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute,” Adam Austen, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said.
Wednesday, President Trump hinted that the U.S. may retaliate against any country not supporting the decision by cutting off foreign aid.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us,” Trump said. “Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
Prior to the vote, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hoped the United States “will be taught a lesson” by the U.N. vote, slamming Trump’s threat to pull foreign aid.
“Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey’s democratic will with your dollars,” Erdogan said. “Our decision is clear.”
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a stern warning in a speech Thursday morning, prior to the U.N.’s vote.
“To it’s shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the State of Israel,” Haley said Thursday.
“I’ve often why, in the face of such hostility, Israel has chosen to remain a member of this body, and then I remembered Israel has chosen to remain a member of this institution because it’s important to stand up for yourself.”
“The United States is, by far, the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies,” she noted, adding that “if our investments fail, we have an obligation to spend our resources in more productive ways.”
Haley reminded the U.N. members that President Trump’s decision was in accord with United States law dating back to 1995, and the United States has a right to choose the location of its own embassy.
She said the United States “will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation…We will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more, and to use our influence to their benefit.”
“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do,” she said. “No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the U.N., and how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N. THIS vote will be remembered.”
BREAKING: UN General Assembly votes 128-9 to declare US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital `null and void’
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 21, 2017
Nikki Haley: U.S. “will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation…We will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more.” pic.twitter.com/lGQFlUeZV4
— ABC News (@ABC) December 21, 2017
UN Amb. Nikki Haley: Pres. Trump’s decision to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem “reflects the will of the American people, and our right, as a nation, to choose the location of our embassy.” https://t.co/j4FE5byyXp pic.twitter.com/lZbfCWmV85
— ABC News (@ABC) December 21, 2017
.@USUN Ambassador Nikki Haley: The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the @UN General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation…America will put our embassy in Jerusalem…This vote will be remembered. pic.twitter.com/pShm51nzFJ
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 21, 2017
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