The Arab nations of the world are not happy with America’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The United Nations voted Thursday to condemn the United States for officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel.
The vote came after a redoubling of threats by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, who said that Washington would remember which countries “disrespected” America by voting against it.
“The United States will remember this day, on which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” she said.
“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. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that.”
Despite the warning, 128 members voted on Thursday in favour of the resolution supporting the longstanding international consensus that the status of Jerusalem – which is claimed as a capital by both Israel and the Palestinians – can only be settled as an agreed final issue in a peace deal. Countries which voted for the resolution included major recipients of US aid such as Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Twenty-two of the 28 EU countries voted for the resolution, including the UK and France. Germany – which in the past has abstained on measures relating to Israel – also voted in favour.
Thirty-five countries abstained, including five EU states, and other US allies including Australia, Canada, Colombia and Mexico. Ambassadors from several abstaining countries, including Mexico, used their time on the podium to criticise Trump’s unilateral move.
Another 21 delegations were absent from the vote, suggesting the Trump’s warning over funding cuts and Israel’s lobbying may have had some effect.
On Wednesday, Mr Trump warned he might cut financial aid to states who voted in favour of the resolution.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” he said. “Well, we’re watching those votes,” he added. “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
The official UN position is that Jerusalem is a “final status” issue to be decided at the end of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. No member country bases their embassy in Jerusalem – something Mr Trump said the US has plans to do in the future.
Here Is The List of Countries That Just Voted Against The United States at the UN
Member States in the #UNGA “demanded” that all countries comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem.
UN Votes: 128 in favor; 9 against; 35 abstentions.
The countries in green all voted against America exercising our right as a sovereign nation. pic.twitter.com/z9OK4ezTCc
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) December 21, 2017