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United Nations condemns US acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
UEN (AP) - The UN General Assembly on Thursday condemned by an overwhelming majority the acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by President Donald Trump, largely overlooking Trump's threat to cut off help for any against him. A non-binding motion to nullify the US's actions against Jerusalem was adopted at 128-9 - a win for the Palestinians, but not as big as they had foretold.
Among Washington's menaces, 35 of the 193 UN member states were abstaining and 21 were not there. Since 1967, the UN position on the shared sacred town has been reaffirmed: that Jerusalem's definitive statute must be determined in the course of face-to-face talks between Israel and the Palestinians. But the Trump Adminstration made it clear that the voting would have no influence on their plans to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Afterwards, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, said that he totally rejected the "absurd" motion. UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour said the poll was a win not only for the Palestinians, but also for the United Nations and public order, saying that US Ambassador Nikki Haley had "failed" by convincing only seven nations except the US and Israel to reject the motion.
Haley sent a letter to over 180 nations in which he warned that Washington would continue the votes of those who had opposed the US trump by imposing a no-grant. "But in the end, large US beneficiaries such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and South Africa endorsed the dissolution.
Nine states that said "no" were the United States, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, the Marshall Islands and Togo. Among the missing states were Kenya, which last year was the fifth biggest beneficiary of US assistance, Georgia and Ukraine, all of which have strong relations with the US. If Trump will get away with his threatening those who vote "yes" will have to wait and see.
Following the poll, Haley whitewashed a photograph calling the 65 nations that chose no, Abstained or Were Abandoned, and said: "It is appreciated that these lands have not succumbed to the UN's unaccountable methods." However, within a few hour the Trump government seemed to refrain from its financial threat. Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the State Department, said in Washington that cutting back on US defenders was not a matter of course.
"Nauert said the president's external relations staff was given the authority to examine various future opportunities with other states. "In the course of the discussion, Arabian, Islamic and nonaligned countries pressed for a "yes" to the motion for a general consensus supported by Yemen and Turkey. Yemen' Ambassador Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany cautioned that Trump's acknowledgement of Jerusalem undermined any opportunity for Middle Eastern peacefulness and "serves to fuel the flames of force and extremism".
" Trump's actions were described as "a flagrant infringement of the laws of the Palestinian nation and Arabian nation as well as all Muslims and Christians of the world" and "a perilous infringement and infringement of public and private property law". "On Wednesday Trump lamented that Americans are sick of being taken advantage of by those who take millions of US dollar and then voted against the US.
As Haley said, the voting will not make a big deal of difference in the US plan to move the US embassy, but it "will make a big deal of distinction how Americans look at the UN and how we look at the nations that do not respect us in the UN". "She cautioned that this tuning will be recalled.
" Palestinians and their followers were seeking the General assembly election after the US put a veto on a motion endorsed by the 14 other members of the UN Security Council on Monday, calling on Trump to lift his statement on Jerusalem. There is a similar wording to the rejected action in the motion adopted by the House.