President Donald Trump’s menace to chop off funding to nations that voted on the UN General Assembly in opposition to his resolution to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, solely swayed about 65 international locations.
One hundred and twenty eight international locations, amongst them staunch allies of Washington defied his bullying menace and voted to reject the transfer, a stance that Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour known as a “massive setback” for the United States.
Thirty 5 international locations, amongst them Rwanda abstained whereas 9 tiny international locations, together with Togo voted together with US.
An further 21 international locations, resembling Ukraine, didn’t present up throughout voting, maybe to keep away from being on the flawed facet in opposition to Trump.
Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo joined the United States in opposing the measure.
Among the international locations that abstained had been Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Romania and Rwanda.
Speaking forward of the emergency session, US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned the General Assembly that the United States “will remember this day.”
“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem,” Haley mentioned in defence of the US transfer, which broke with worldwide consensus and unleashed protests throughout the Muslim world.
“No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that,” Haley mentioned.
“But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN.”
“When we make generous contributions to the UN we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected,” she mentioned.
The decision reaffirms that the standing of Jerusalem have to be resolved by means of negotiations, and that any resolution reached outdoors of that framework have to be rescinded.
Without explicitly referencing the US transfer, it “affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”
The movement was despatched to the General Assembly after it was vetoed by the United States on the Security Council on Monday, though all different 14 council members voted in favor.
While resolutions by the General Assembly are non-binding, a robust vote in help carries political weight.
Ahead of the vote, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the UN as a “house of lies,” saying Israel “rejects outright this vote, even before it passes.”
“No General Assembly resolution will ever drive us from Jerusalem,” vowed Danny Danon, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations.
Palestinian overseas minister Riad al-Malki known as the vote an “unprecedented test” for the UN, and referenced the US warning that it was “taking names.”
“History records names, it remembers names — the names of those who stand by what is right and the names of those who speak falsehood,” al-Malki mentioned. “Today we are seekers of rights and peace.”
Trump’s resolution on December 6 to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital prompted a flurry of appeals to the United Nations.
The standing of the Holy City is without doubt one of the thorniest points within the Israeli-Palestinian battle, with either side claiming it as their capital.
Trump warned that Washington would intently watch how nations voted, suggesting, like Haley, there could possibly be monetary reprisals for those who again the movement put ahead by Yemen and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim international locations.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” Trump mentioned on the White House.
“Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
The decision mirrored the textual content that was vetoed on the Security Council on Monday, and though it doesn’t point out Trump’s resolution, it expresses “deep regret at recent decisions” regarding the metropolis’s standing.
No nation has veto powers within the General Assembly, in contrast to within the 15-member Security Council the place the United States, together with Britain, China, France and Russia, can block any decision.
Among the 14 international locations voting in favor on Monday had been Britain, France, Italy and Japan they usually did so once more on Thursday.
Ukraine, which supported the draft decision within the Security Council, was amongst 21 international locations that didn’t flip up for Thursday’s vote.
Israel seized the largely-Arab jap sector of Jerusalem in the course of the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming either side of town as its “eternal and undivided capital.”
But the Palestinians need the jap sector because the capital of their future state and fiercely oppose any Israeli try to increase sovereignty there.
Several UN resolutions name on Israel to withdraw from territory seized in 1967 and the draft decision accommodates the identical language as previous motions adopted by the meeting.