UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions on Thursday in favor of a nonbinding decision declaring President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void,” a smaller margin than the Palestinians hoped for but additionally a rebuke to the Trump administration which is threatening to chop funding for individuals who voted “sure.”
The vote was a victory for the Palestinians although lots of their supporters had been predicting at the least 150 “sure” votes or extra.
The Trump administration launched an enormous lobbying marketing campaign, which included letters despatched from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to over 180 international locations warning that the U.S. can be taking names of those that voted in opposition to Trump’s resolution.
But when it got here to the vote, main U.S. support recipients together with Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq ignored Trump’s risk and supported the decision.
The 9 international locations voting “no” had been the U.S., Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands and Togo. Among the notable abstentions had been Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Mexico.
It can also be noteworthy that 21 of the 193 U.N. member states had been absent for the vote together with Kenya, Georgia and Ukraine which have shut U.S. ties.
Trump’s risk to chop off U.S. support raised the stakes in Thursday’s U.N. vote and sparked criticism at his techniques, which one Muslim group known as bullying or blackmail.
At the beginning of the emergency General Assembly assembly forward of the vote, representatives of Arab, Islamic and non-aligned nations rejected his risk and urged a “sure” vote in opposition to the U.S. unilateral resolution on Jerusalem.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who flew to New York for the assembly, known as the U.S. action “an aggression on the standing of Jerusalem” and stated “those that need peace should vote for peace at the moment.”
Trump advised reporters on Wednesday that Americans are bored with being taken benefit of by international locations that take a whole lot of thousands and thousands and even billions of dollars, and then vote in opposition to the United States. He stated he shall be watching Thursday’s vote: “Let them vote in opposition to us. We’ll save quite a bit. We do not care.”
Haley echoed his phrases in her speech to the packed assembly chamber, threatening not solely the 193 U.N. member states with funding cuts, however the United Nations itself if the world physique approves the decision declaring Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem “null and void.”
“The United States will keep in mind today during which it was singled out for assault within the General Assembly for the very proper of exercising our proper as a sovereign nation,” she stated.
The vote will make no distinction on U.S. plans to maneuver its embassy to Jerusalem, Haley stated, however it “will make a distinction on how Americans take a look at the U.N., and on how we take a look at international locations who disrespect us within the U.N., and this vote shall be remembered.”
Yemen’s U.N. Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany, whose nation chairs the Arab Group on the United Nations, launched the decision and urged all “peace-loving international locations” to vote in favor of it.
He known as Trump’s action “a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian folks and the Arab nations, and all Muslims and Christians of the world,” and “a harmful violation and breach of worldwide regulation.”
It threatens peace on this planet, undermines any probability for peace within the Mideast, “and solely serves to fan the fires of violence and extremism,” Alyemany warned.
Nihad Awad, nationwide govt director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, tweeted after Trump’s feedback: “Our authorities mustn’t use its management on the UN to bully/blackmail different nations that stand for non secular liberty and justice in Jerusalem. Justice is a core worth of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.”
The Palestinians and their Arab and Islamic supporters sought the General Assembly vote after the United States on Monday vetoed a decision supported by the 14 different U.N. Security Council members that may have required Trump to rescind his declaration on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and not transfer the U.S. Embassy there.
Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour advised The Associated Press earlier than feedback by Trump and Haley that he anticipated “huge help” for the decision within the General Assembly.
Before flying to New York, al-Maliki and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused the U.S. of intimidation and stated they consider U.N. members will ignore U.S. strain.
“No honorable state would bow to such strain,” Cavusoglu stated. “The world has modified. The perception that ‘I’m sturdy due to this fact I’m proper’ has modified. The world at the moment is revolting in opposition to injustices.”
Ambassador Rhonda King of the tiny Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines despatched Haley a letter saying that her nation treasures the United States “as an everlasting ally” however will vote in opposition to Trump’s action.
“Sometimes, buddies differ; on Jerusalem, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines respectfully differs from the USA; and so, too, do most of the staunchest buddies and allies of the USA,” King wrote.
Israel additionally performed a worldwide lobbying marketing campaign in opposition to the decision, authorities officers stated Wednesday.
Netanyahu acknowledged Thursday the vote would possible go by a large margin however stated Israel “fully rejects this vote earlier than it’s made.”
The decision accepted Thursday was co-sponsored by Turkey, chair of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Yemen, chair of the Arab Group on the U.N.
It is similar to the defeated Security Council decision.
The decision says Jerusalem “is a ultimate standing difficulty” and reaffirms 10 Security Council resolutions on Jerusalem, courting again to 1967, together with necessities that town’s ultimate standing should be determined in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
It “affirms that any choices and actions which purport to have altered, the character, standing or demographic composition of the holy metropolis of Jerusalem haven’t any authorized impact, are null and void and should be rescinded.”
The decision “calls for that every one states adjust to Security Council resolutions concerning the holy metropolis of Jerusalem, and to not acknowledge any actions or measures opposite to these resolutions.”
Associated Press writers Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, and Joe Federman in Jerusalem contributed to this report.