More than two-thirds of the world defied threats from the US President Donald Trump and voted in the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNSC) in favor of the draft resolution thus rejecting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
These countries ignored the threat from the United States of cutting financial aid and voted against the US hegemony. Of the total of 193 countries in the General Assembly, 128 supported the resolution submitted by Yemen and Turkey on behalf of the Arab Group and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Which Nine Countries Supported Israel at UNSC?
Nine nations voted against the resolution: the United States, Israel, Togo, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, and Nauru. Thirty-five States, including Canada, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Poland, and Hungary abstained, while 21 States missed the meeting.
The resolution adopted by the Arab and Islamic Nations, except for Mali and Afghanistan, affirms that any decision or action leading to the change of the status of the city of Jerusalem is null and void and calls for intensifying international efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that Jerusalem is the key to peace in the Middle East and that the American decision will not affect the legal status of Jerusalem, but will instead affect Washington’s status as a mediator of the peace process.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Jawish Oglu said voting on the General Assembly resolution was important because he knew the Palestinians were not alone, and criticized the US threats to vote for the resolution, saying American bullying was unacceptable.
The language US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Healy reiterated threats to countries that don’t favor the US stance of Jerusalem. “We will remember it when they ask us again to pay the largest financial contribution to the United Nations, and we will remember the countries that did not support us said Haley, who left the meeting soon after the Israeli ambassador’s speech.