The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to “rescind” President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Thursday, symbolically condemning America’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel by a lop-sided margin of 128-9.
Among those who voted against the Trump administration were key American allies, such as the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and others. The vote included 35 abstentions, most notably Canada, Mexico, and Australia.
The few who sided with the United States were Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Togo, and Micronesia.
The resolution harshly criticized President Trump’s decision earlier this month to officially recognize Jerusalem as the true capital of the Israeli state; affirming that “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned world leaders ahead of Thursday’s vote that the US would be “taking names” of those who voted for the resolution, saying “on Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”
HALEY UNLEASHED: Nikki Haley VOWS to ‘TAKE NAMES’ During Anti-Trump UN Vote
US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a stark warning to those countries poised to vote against President Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; telling world leaders America will remember those who oppose the historic move.
The looming showdown is expected Thursday afternoon, when the United Nations prepares to vote against Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem. The proposed resolution “affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”
Haley pushed back against the resolution, warning those countries that vote against the United States that she will be “taking names.”
“We’re always asked to do more & give more,” Haley wrote on Twitter. “So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl [people], abt [about] 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.”
President Trump made history earlier this month when he announced his decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; upending decades of empty promises and drastically altering the Middle East peace process.
UN SHOWDOWN: Nikki Haley VETOES Anti-Trump UN Resolution for the First Time
US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley exercised the United States’ ultimate veto power on Monday, shutting down a Security Council resolution that would “nullify” President Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; saying no nation on earth has the power to dictate where the US places its embassies.
“This is the first time I’ve exercised the American right to veto a resolution in the Security Council. The exercise of the veto is not something the United States does often. We have not done it in more than six years. We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance,” said Haley.
“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty, and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us. It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the security council,” she told the international body.
US veto on #Jerusalem resolution not an embarrassment for US, but for remainder of UNSC – Nikki #Haley https://t.co/sZ9bDZb80W pic.twitter.com/sISluA79UM
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The American veto comes as the Security Council sought to undo President Trump’s historic decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; upending decades of empty promises made by his predecessors and renewing hopes for a rejuvenated peace process.
In response to Trump’s announcement, leaders across the Middle East warned of escalating violence, with Hamas calling for “days of rage” as the US weighs how and when to relocate its main diplomatic mission.