The United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday once again to slam the United States and Israel for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, approving a resolution titled: “llegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
Legacy media reports positioned the vote as a referendum on President Trump’s recent statements on the issue of Jerusalem, but that’s not at all the case. It was business as usual at the United Nations. More than 85 percent of U.N. General Assembly Resolutions target Israel.
On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump warned that he would be open to re-evaluating contributions to the U.N., should member states vote to delegitimize the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s historic and present capital. The United States currently contributes more to the United Nations than approximately 175 member states combined.
The final vote saw 128 nations voting for the resolution slamming the United States and Israel, with 35 abstaining, and nine nations (United States, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo) voting against it.
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) December 21, 2017
Prior to the vote, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley again reminded member states that there would be consequences for refusing to recognize the right of the United States to decide where it places its embassies.
“Unlike in some member countries, the United States is answerable to its people,” Haley added. “As such, we have an obligation to acknowledge when our political and financial capital is poorly spent.”
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
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the general assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley continued. “We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations.
.@NikkiHaley tells @UN General Assembly: "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." #UNGA pic.twitter.com/qqVZOJvgpd
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 21, 2017
Also prior to the vote, despotic, totalitarian nations such as Iran, Syria, Venezuela, North Korea, China, and others took to the podium and slammed the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
In all, 128 member states of the U.N. made clear that they have no intention of respecting the autonomy of the United States in its decisions on where to place its embassies around the world. It remains to be seen whether this decision will have consequences for many of these countries’ annual U.S. aid disbursements.