Following the United Nations’ decision to formally rebuke the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested that the United States re-evaluate its role as a top donor to the organization.
President Donald J. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was met with outrage from many members of the United Nations, as well as violent protests in Israel.
The international body delivered its formal rebuke to Trump’s decision, condemning the move in a landslide vote of 128 in favor of the resolution against Trump, and only 9 votes opposed. Another 35 countries abstained from voting.
The condemnation came with a request for the United States to withdraw its declaration.
Though not legally binding and largely symbolic, the vote represents widespread opposition to Trump’s decision.
In response to the U.N. vote, Rubio sent out a tweet, accusing the United Nations of being anti-Semitic and anti-American.
Rubio’s tweet read: “Given its tendency to be forum for anti-Semitism & anti-Americanism, reevaluation of US role as single largest donor to #UN is long overdue.”
The Florida senator has made similar statements regarding the United Nations in the past. Earlier this year, he co-sponsored legislation aimed at combating “systemic bias” against Israel in the organization.
President Trump also suggested cutting off foreign aid to some U.N. countries. During a cabinet meeting Wednesday, a letter from United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was read. According to The New York Times, she said the United States would take note of countries that vote in favor of measures against America.
“All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly … 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 formal rebuke handed down on Thursday, outraged members of the United Nations Security Council voted on Monday on a resolution to force Trump to rescind his declaration regarding Jerusalem and, therefore, nullify the controversial move. The resolution was approved, forcing the United States to veto it.
Since 1967, Jerusalem has been Israel’s official capital. From that time forward, fighting between the Jewish government and Palestinians, who also claim Jerusalem as their capital, has continued to plague the region. Israel says it won’t give up any part of the city, which is home to major Jewish, Muslim and Christian shrines.
Given its tendency to be forum for anti-Semitism & anti-Americanism, reevaluation of US role as single largest donor to #UN is long overdue.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 21, 2017
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