Despite threats from the Trump administration to withdraw funding from countries who refused to support the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations members voted heavily in favor – a total of 128 votes to 9 against — of rejecting that recognition.
Prior to the vote, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley doubled down on American threats to support their position, stating, “I must also say today: When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have an expectation that we will be respected. What’s more, we are being asked to pay for the dubious privileges of being disrespected.”
“If our investment fails,” she continued, “we have an obligation to spend our investment in other ways. The United States will remember this day.”
Only the US, Israel, the small African nation of Togo, a few Pacific Island nations, and Guatemala and Honduras voted against the motion.
However, 35 countries, mostly U.S. allies like Canada and Mexico, chose to abstain from the vote.
While a symbolic vote on the whole, this sort of result is being called a sharp rebuke of the Trump administration’s foreign policy.
The unilateral nature of his announcement drew particular ire, even drawing some of those who abstained, like Mexico, to voice their concern.
For a full report on this story, read more from the Guardian here: UN votes resoundingly to reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital