Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the United Nations on Thursday, calling it a “house of lies” ahead of a vote on a resolution expected to pass at the General Assembly that criticizes US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:
“Today is a very important day in Israel and outside Israel.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel whether the UN recognizes it or not.
It took 70 years for the US to officially recognize it and it will take more years until the UN also recognizes it”.
“Attitudes toward Israel by many countries in the world, on all continents, are changing outside the walls of the UN and in the end will percolate inside the walls of the UN building – the house of lies.
The State of Israel flatly rejects this vote even before it is held. Jerusalem is our capital. We will continue to build in it and foreign embassies, led by the US embassy, will move to Jerusalem. It will happen.
Thank you President Trump and Ambassador Haley for standing up for Israel and for standing up for the truth. Ultimately the truth will prevail.”
US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley wrote yesterday on Twitter:
“At the UN we’re always asked to do more and give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people, about where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thursday there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names”.
President Trump threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft UN resolution against his historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”