US will be “taking names” of countries who opposed Trump’s Jerusalem decision

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has warned that she is “taking names” of UN members who oppose President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

On Thursday, the general assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In a letter to UN members, Nikki Haley said the US President took the issue personally and the names of those who supported a resolution rejecting the bill would be reported to him.

She described President Trump’s decision to move the US embassy as “an acknowledgement that peace is best advanced…when all parties are honest with each other about the basic fact that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the country’s founding.”

Ms Haley has also sent a letter to fellow UN ambassadors, including “key US allies” such as Britain, warning that “the president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us.”

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the veto “threatens the stability of the international community because it disrespects it.”

Britain was among the nations that supported the resolution and Downing Street said Prime Minister Theresa May restated her disagreement with President Trump’s decision after the vote during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Israel considers Jerusalem its “indivisible capital” and wants all foreign embassies based there, while Palestinians want Jerusalem to be the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

 

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