The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday rejected the Donald Trump administration’s decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s new capital, by a 128-9 votes, calling on countries not to move their diplomatic missions to the city.
Among the countries that voted in favor of the resolution are many traditional U.S. allies, including the United Kingdom and France. Israel, which celebrated Trump’s decision earlier this month, joined the U.S. in voting against the measure.
Thirty-five countries abstained, including U.S. allies Canada and Australia. Mexico, Togo and a host of other countries, stayed away from voting as well. Nigeria, Russia and China voted against the US, in favor of the resolution not to move embassies from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.
By abstaining, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia, Romania and the Czech Republic broke European Union consensus on the vote. The EU had previously vehemently rejected any attempt to change Jerusalem’s status in the absence of a final peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
Israel’s envoy to the United Nations, Danny Danon, told the General Assembly. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said in a Facebook post: “Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital. Always was, always will be.”
“It’s shameful that this meeting is even taking place, He added”.
The American ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, called the vote “null and void,” declaring that “no vote in the United Nations will make any difference” on the United States’ plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, which she called “the right thing to do.”
“We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” she said of the vote. “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.”
“Those who support today’s resolution are like puppets pulled by the strings of the Palestinian puppet masters,” Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said. “You are like marionettes forced to dance while the Palestinian leadership looks on with glee.”NYtimes report”
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Passing the resolution distances the prospects for peace, he added.
Meanwhile, Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, called Trump’s Jerusalem recognition a violation of international law and an “attack on all universal values.”
“This is bullying and this chamber will not do that,” he said. “It is unethical to think the votes and dignity are for sale … We will not be intimidated. You may be strong, but that does not make you right.
The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, attacked the US recognition of Jerusalem as an act of “aggression.”
The Palestinian Authority accepts the US’s right to make sovereign decisions, but only as long they are in line with international law, businessinsider report”.
These are the countries who voted for, against and stayed away from the decision: