The United Nations general assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a rare emergency session of the global body.
The final vote count in favor of the resolution was 128, with 9 countries abstaining from the vote, and 35 opposing the resolution. The 193-nation general assembly’s resolution, which is not legally binding, called on the U.S. to withdraw its decision.
Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley had warned countries against opposing the Trump administration’s Jerusalem decision.
Referencing tomorrow's UN vote criticizing the US embassy move. In the words of the President, "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot." pic.twitter.com/eUGWD4cCBR
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 20, 2017
In a speech delivered before vote, Haley noted that the United States is the single largest contributor to the UN and its agencies and said that in return it expected support for its decision.
“The arguments have already been made. The decision was in accordance to US law dating back to 1995. The decision does not prejudge any final status agreement. The decision does nothing to harm peace efforts,” she said.
“The United States will remember this day when it was singled out in the United Nations for the act of exercising our sovereignty.
“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. It is what the American people want us to do.
“This vote will make a difference at how America looks at the UN, and how we look at countries who disrespect us at the UN.”
Riyad al-Maliki, foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority, told the assembly: “We meet today not due to any animosity towards the United States, but because of a decision that counts as an aggression.
“The decision will not affect the status of Jerusalem. Rather it affects the status of the United States as a mediator of peace.”
He said they had ignored warnings about inflaming tensions, and described the decision as “illegal” and “provocative”.
Haley had sent a letter warning countries against voting to censure the US and said that the US will be “taking names”.
At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017
“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue,” she wrote.Mr al-Maliki picked up on her words on Thursday, telling the assembly: “History records names. It records names of those who voted for what was right.”