The General Assembly convened on Thursday for an emergency session, passing with a decisive 128-9 with 35 abstentions a resolution declaring US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “null and void.”
Thursday’s vote,was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for, with many forecasting at least 150 “yes” votes. It is noteworthy that 21 countries were absent.
“Israel rejects the U.N. decision and at the same time is satisfied with the high number of countries that did not vote in its favor,” said a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.
“Israel thanks (US) President Trump for his unequivocal position in favor of Jerusalem and thanks the countries that voted together with Israel, together with the truth,” it said.
Prior to the vote, Netanyahu said Israel “rejects this vote out of hand, even before it is passed.”
At the assembly, Yemen’s UN ambassador introduced the UN resolution, urging all “peace-loving countries”🤣 to vote in favor of it.
Ambassador Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany called President Donald Trump’s action “a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and the Arab nations, and all Muslims and Christians of the world.”
Stepping up to the podium, US Ambassador Nikki Haley responded to Alyemany and to the resolution in general by threatening the 193 UN member states and the United Nations with funding cuts should approves it.
Haley told the emergency assembly meeting that “no vote in the United Nations will make any difference” on the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which will go ahead “no matter what” because “it is the right thing to do.”
She then stressed that “the United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very right of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.”
“We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” she warned. “And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
Haley summarized by saying the 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, and this vote will be remembered.”
Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon blasted the UN resolution, saying it will eventually be rejected and end up in the “trash bin of history.”
“Forty-two years ago this body adopted a different shameful resolution equating Zionism with racism. It took 16 long years for that hateful resolution to be revoked,” he said.