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UN rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in protest against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, largely ignoring Trump’s threats to cut off aid to any country that went against him.

The nonbinding resolution declaring U.S. action on Jerusalem “null and void” passed Thursday (Dec. 21) by a vote of 128-9 — a victory for the Palestinians, but one that was not as big as they had predicted. Amid the Trump administration’s threats, 35 of the 193 U.N. member nations abstained and 21 others were absent.

The resolution, sponsored by Yemen and Turkey, reaffirmed what has been the United Nations’ stand on the divided holy city since 1967: that Jerusalem’s final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said afterward that he totally rejects the “preposterous” resolution.

The United States and Israel had waged an intensive lobbying campaign against the resolution, with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley sending letters to over 180 countries warning that Washington would be taking names of those who voted against the U.S.

But when it came to the vote, major U.S. aid recipients including Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and South Africa supported the resolution.

The nine countries voting “no” were the U.S., Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, the Marshall Islands and Togo. Among the notable abstentions were Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Mexico.

The absent countries included Kenya, which was the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. aid last year, Georgia and Ukraine, all of which have close U.S. ties.

The U.S. is scheduled to dispense $25.8 billion in foreign aid for 2018. Whether Trump follows through with his threat against those who voted “yes” remains to be seen.

Trump’s threat had raised the stakes at Thursday’s emergency meeting and triggered accusations from Muslims of U.S. bullying, blackmail and intimidation.

Arab, Islamic and non-aligned nations rejected his warnings and urged a “yes” vote on the resolution.

Yemeni Ambassador Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany warned that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem undermines any chance for peace in the Mideast and “serves to fan the fires of violence and extremism.”

He called Trump’s action “a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and the Arab nations, and all Muslims and Christians of the world,” and “a dangerous violation and breach of international law.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who flew to New York for the meeting, called the U.S. action “an aggression on the status of Jerusalem” and said, “Those who want peace must vote for peace today.”

On Wednesday, Trump complained that Americans are tired of being taken advantage of by countries that take billions of dollars and then vote against the U.S. He said he would be watching the vote: “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

Haley echoed his words in her speech to the packed assembly chamber, threatening not only member states with funding cuts, but the United Nations itself.

Haley said the vote will make no difference on U.S. plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem, but it “will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N., and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N.”

“And this vote will be remembered,” she warned.

The Palestinians and their Arab and Islamic supporters sought the General Assembly vote after the U.S. on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required Trump to rescind his declaration on Jerusalem.
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Associated Press writers Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, and Joe Federman in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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  • This is a sad day for humanity as they cannot see what they do or how they are repeating history. May God Almighty protect His people Israel and may humanity understand her responsibility of NEVER AGAIN. The world is caught in a lie.

  • So now President Pinhead is attacking allies and nations with significant involvement with the US over this nonsense. Foreign aid isn’t charity. It is money we pay others to protect our own interest overseas.

    We’re pleasing the Bible thumping really worth tanking the country over?

  • This is an artificial and unnecessary brouhaha because the president wanted to shore up support from fundies.

  • If you look at the recipients of US aid, it is given to gain some sort of advantage politically or economically either at home or abroad. Not out of the goodness of our heart. Seriously doubt any countries will suffer significant cut backs.

  • Another anti-Semitic UN vote, whatever shall we do!? Except save money, that is, as that “august” body once again demonstrates its irrelevance. It’s long past time for the US to get out, let the UN move to Brussels.

  • It worse than that. Cheeto is doubling down on stupid self-defeating acts of anti-diplomacy by threatening foreign aid based on how they voted. So now US interests abroad are being further undermined by this unnecessary sop to American Bible Thumpers who don’t even give a damn about Israel or Israelis beyond their eschatological desires.

  • Revelation 11:2 – “The court … outside the temple … has been given to [America]; and [US President Donald Trump and his Christian Zionist pawns and patsies, the likes of YOU] will tread under foot the holy city [Jerusalem] for forty-two months.”

  • From 70AD to just after WWII Israel did not exist. This new nation of Israel truly has little to do except in a romantic sense with the original which fell to Roman conquest almost two thousand years ago. Though Muslim claims to the city are not much better given they also took the city by conquest. I don’t know of any contemporary Christian claims for political sovereignty over the city. It seems to me the best option would be for it to be an autonomous city state ruled by the citizens who live there alone. This whole thing between Israel and the Muslim states always keeping the world on the edge of major war feeding terrorism over a small piece of real estate is beyond ridiculous. The Jewish temple was there first but destroyed. The Muslim temple came much later only because of interlopers invading the area. Maybe the whole areas should be closed off as a sacred no man’s land owned by no one and we go about our business.

  • Is this the same Book of Revelation that is a coded criticism of the Roman era under three Emperors – including Nero? The one that used to give the number of the beast as 616 until someone mis-transcribed it or just decided 666 had a better ring to it.

    Stories to frighten children shouldn’t be taken as the basis for forecasting the future – however guardedly – and this isn’t guarded enough to be proven wrong in due course is it? Do you actually keep a record of such nonsenses and, if you do, how do you retain your sanity (I’m making a big assumption I know) when they are repeatedly shown to be wrong?

  • Just about every usable square metre of land on earth has changed hands at some time.

    Appeals to fictional history are often used to claim territory on grounds which are spurious.

    Force of arms is the usual arbiter of control.

    There must be a better way – but until there is those in power will resist change and those who seek power will foment unrest – and all the time the masses will pay the price for the temporary glory of the power-hungry. (and yes – I generalise – but selfless politicians are few and generally short-lived.

  • Here’s proof you haven’t thought this through: Your inability to highlight & compare:

    (1) The pros & cons of the 616-hermeneutics, on the one hand

    (2) Those of the 666-angle, on the other.

    You have 24 hours to prove thyself mine worthy adversary. … GO!

  • You are very easily (desperately?) side-tracked aren’t you.

    Not a meander worth my limited time.

    As to “GO” – I mean “… GO!” – yeah right.

    Do I detect a lack of self-esteem?

  • “This whole thing between Israel and the Muslim states always keeping the world on the edge of major war feeding terrorism over a small piece of real estate is beyond ridiculous.”

    Indeed it is, and it is also foretold and inevitable:

    “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zech. 12:3

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