In a 128-to-nine vote on Thursday, the U.N. condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognizing the Holy City as the capital of the modern state of Israel. Before the vote, Trump warned countries voting against the U.S. that they may face cuts in U.S. aid. Several countries dominated by Islam called for the vote after the U.S. vetoed the resolution during a Security Council vote this week. Besides the United States and Israel, the others countries voting to support Trump’s declaration were Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo.

ited Nations voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite threats from the US to pull funding from the world body. In the vote in the UN General Assembly, 35 countries abstained, including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia,South Sudan, and Mexico. Among the 128 countries voting for the resolution, there were several such as Afghanistan and Egypt which receive substantial levels of military and civilian aid from the United States.

Before the vote, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley threatened, "The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly." Haley said, "We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution" to the UN and when other member nations ask Washington "to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."

Regardless of the UN vote, Haley, said the U.S. will place its diplomatic representation to Israel where it likes. “That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do," Haley said. "This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN," she said. "And this vote will be remembered."

President Trump said at the White House on Wednesday, “We're watching those votes." Trump said, "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot. We don't care."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced Trump in a speech delivered in Ankara on Thursday. Having become a self-styled leader of the Islamic world, Erdogan said, “Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey's democratic free will with your dollars, our decision is clear." Erdogan added, "What is the cradle of democracy doing. They are looking for people they can buy with their dollars." And he issued an appeal to other world leaders, saying, "do not, for the sake of a few dollars, sell off your democratic free will."



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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