United Nations Defies Trump Decision on Jerusalem

United Nations Defies Trump Decision on Jerusalem

Germany - which in the past has abstained on measures relating to Israel - also voted in favour.

Among the notable 35 abstentions were Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Mexico. Some of those allies, like Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, are major recipients of United States military or economic aid, although the USA threat to cut aid did not single out any country.

However, resolutions at the General Assembly do not carry the same weight as those made by the Security Council, as they are non-binding.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and claimed the entire city as its capital. Down Under, along with other Pacific nations, was not among the more than 100 countries.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey's disapproval of the move, stating that the decision "was an outrageous assault to all universal values". Markell says that judgment will come to any nations that do.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that at least two people had been treated for injuries after having been beaten by Israeli police. "The world is bigger than five", he ended, referring to the power of the General Assembly as being greater than that of the will of the five permanent members of the Security Council. "When we make generous contributions to the United Nations, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognised and respected".

In the letter ECI pointed out that "Israel is the best guardian of an open and inclusive Jerusalem which respects the faiths of all its citizens and guarantees free access to their holy sites".

Subsequently, Yemen and Turkey, in their respective capacities as Chair of the Arab Group and the Chair of the Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, requested the President of the General Assembly to "urgently resume" the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly in accordance with the so-named "Uniting for peace' procedure".

John Bolton, the former USA ambassador to the United Nations, told Fox News that "the Trump administration needs to use this as a fulcrum to look at funding of the United Nations system more broadly".

Characterizing the United States as "disrespected", Haley said the U.S. Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem regardless. The decision does nothing to harm peace efforts.

Nonetheless, the overwhelming rejection of the American shift of position on Jerusalem, on the world's biggest diplomatic stage, was a setback for a president who is still looking for a major foreign achievement after almost a year on the job. "No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that", she added. It is also hard to see how he could make good on a vow to cut financial assistance to important allies like Egypt, Iraq and Jordan. "The decision was in accordance to U.S. law dating back to 1995", she said.

Though the resolution didn't specifically mention the United States, it stated that the issue must be resolved through negotiations.

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