In a humiliating blow for Donald Trump on the world stage, the United Nations General Assembly has voted by 128 to nine to declare his contentious decision to reevaluate Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”null and void”.
Just days after the US used its veto power at the UN Security Council to block a similar measure, the General Assembly resoundingly condemned the America’s unilateral action, which many observers said could hamper efforts to secure peace in the Middle East.
Though the vote has little practical effect — it is not legally binding — it is a Significant embarrassment for the US since it reflects international opinion
Since the US licked its wounds, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah captured about what he stated was a”success for Palestine”.
“We will continue our efforts in the United Nations and in all international forums to put a stop to this occupation, and also to establish our Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Mr Rdainah said.
Thirty-five states, many in Africa and Latin America, abstained from the vote.
Experts had predicted at least 150 votes in support of their motion. There was speculation that the large number of abstentions was a result of the Trump government’s threat to”take names” of countries and cut off humanitarian aid funding.
Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, Malawi, and several Caribbean and Pacific island nations all abstained. Canada, Poland, Australia, and Mexico also joined them out the vote, in perhaps a nod to other governmental pressures from the US.
Britain voted for the motion, as did India and Russia.
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The Associated Press stated Ms Haley had written to most of the 193 UN members states warning of potential retaliation. She said the President was carrying the issue .
Talking to members of the cabinet on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he liked what Ms Haley had spelled out. “For these nations, they take our money and then vote .
“We’re watching these votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We do not care.”
Ukraine was one of the 21 nations which were not present for the vote.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he entirely rejected the”preposterous” UN resolution.
He explained in a movie on Facebook that Jerusalem”was, always will be” Israel’s funding. In addition, he said he enjoyed that”a growing number of countries” had refused to take part in the”theatre of the absurd”.
Despite the disapproval of numerous countries, Richard Gowan, a UN expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told The Independent the vote is still a”triumph for Trump in a ways”.
“It fits with his tough guy, anti-globalist picture. If he had backed down in the face of UN strain he’d have appeared hollow to his domestic fans,” Mr Gowan said.
However, it is not a”win” for Ms Haley in his estimation” She seems diplomatically isolated and a little inept, and contains undone” the work she has put into create relationships with diplomats, Mr Gowan noted.
The White House hasn’t publicly commented on the vote yet, however Ms Haley took to Twitter to”appreciate these states for not falling into the irresponsible ways of their UN”, and contained a list of those that voted”no more” and abstained.