(National Sentinel) Global Mistake: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned countries who voted against sanctioning the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying it is likely going to cost them dearly in the future.
In a 128-9 vote, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution, drafted by Egypt, that expresses “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”
The resolution states that Jerusalem’s final status be negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians.
In addition, it affirms that any decisions and actions that “purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem” — a thinly veiled reference to President Donald Trump’s recognition — are “null and void.”
The rebuke, Haley said, was merely indicative of the UN’s anti-Israel bias. And she promised that it would have far-reaching consequences for those nations who voted against President Donald J. Trump’s decision.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley said.
“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it 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,” she added.
Trump also downplayed the rebuke, saying it will save the U.S. “a lot” of money.
He suggested Wednesday that a general assembly vote against his Jerusalem decision could affect “billions of dollars” in U.S. foreign aid.
“Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot,” he said. “We don’t care. This isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing.”
Trump said his decision was merely a reflection of reality and that Israel has already long declared the city as its capital.
Also, Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed legislation in the mid-1990s giving U.S. presidents the authority to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but none before Trump had done so.
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