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UN Jerusalem vote: Trump threatens to cut off financial aid to countries that support the resolution

Thursday, December 21st 2017 - 10:32 UTC
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“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions, and then they vote against us,” Trump said. “Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care.” “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions, and then they vote against us,” Trump said. “Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care.”
Earlier, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned member states that President Trump had asked her to report on “who voted against us” on Thursday. Earlier, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned member states that President Trump had asked her to report on “who voted against us” on Thursday.
The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state and its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state and its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

United States president Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that back a United Nations resolution opposing the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Earlier this month, Mr Trump took that step amid international criticism.

 “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us,” he told reporters at the White House. “Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care.”

His comments come ahead of a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution opposing any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The draft resolution does not mention the US, but says any decisions on Jerusalem should be cancelled.

Earlier, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned member states that President Trump had asked her to report on “who voted against us” on Thursday.

The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel occupied the east of the city, previously occupied by Jordan, in the 1967 Middle East war and regards the entire city as its indivisible capital.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state and its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognized internationally, and all countries currently maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. However, President Trump has told the US state department to start work on moving the US embassy.

The 193-member UN General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states, who condemned Mr Trump's decision to reverse decades of US policy earlier this month.

The Palestinians called for the meeting after the US vetoed a Security Council resolution, which affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem were “null and void and must be rescinded”, and urged all states to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the holy city”.

The other 14 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the draft, but Ms Haley described it as an “insult”. The non-binding resolution put forward by Turkey and Yemen for the General Assembly vote mirrors the vetoed Security Council draft.

The Palestinian permanent observer at the UN, Riyad Mansour, said he hoped there would be “overwhelming support” for the resolution.

But on Tuesday, Ms Haley warned in a letter to dozens of member states that encouraged them to “know that the president and the US take this vote personally”.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, accused the US of intimidation.

“We see that the United States, which was left alone, is now resorting to threats. No honorable, dignified country would bow down to this pressure,” Mr Cavusoglu told a joint news conference in Ankara on Wednesday before travelling to New York.

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    Got a future one for you Bob...
    Spamming with style...

    There is controversy in the world today, some believe that God made Man, others believe Man made God...
    The situation is not straight forward. (In the same respect the Argentinians believe that the Falkland Islanders are an implanted population).

    Falklands – Implanted Population (1 page):
    https://www.academia.edu/30505159/Falklands_Implanted_Population

    Dec 21st, 2017 - 11:47 pm +1
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    REF: “Recognition: Jerusalem as Israel's capital”: Great news for the Arms-Traders!

    Dec 24th, 2017 - 10:36 am +1
  • Brit Bob

    A number of countries are annoyed, including the UN because they believe that Israel is wrong to occupy its post 1967 territory. Some believe that Israel has breached international law. The situation is not straightforward. (In the same respect the Argentinians believe that the Falkland Islanders are an implanted population).

    Falklands – Implanted Population (1 page):
    https://www.academia.edu/30505159/Falklands_Implanted_Population

    Dec 21st, 2017 - 10:59 am 0
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