On Thursday, the member states of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly against President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to turn Jerusalem into Israel’s capital. The vote defies the U.S. leader’s repeated threats to slash the U.S. financial aid to countries that will oppose the measure.
During an emergency session, 128 member states condemned the White House’s decision, 9 U.N. members backed the decision, while 35 members abstained. Before the vote, several world leaders voiced their anger over the move.
The leaders were not only displeased with the decision, but they criticized the numerous threats coming from Trump and the United states’ U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley.
While Trump threatened countries, who would condemn the measure with aid cuts, Haley said on Twitter that she would take the names of the countries that will vote for a U.N resolution to condemn the decision.
World Leaders Criticize the U.S.’ Jerusalem Decision
Turkey criticized the threats for being “bullying” and “unethical”. The country’s foreign minister said they would not be “intimidated”. Surprisingly, Turkey along with Yemen were co-sponsors of the U.S. decision.
You can be strong but that does not make you right,
the Turkish prime minister said before the vote.
Earlier that day President Tayyip Erdogan warned Trump that he cannot buy the country’s democratic will with “[his] dollars.” Erdogan voiced hope that the U.N. will block the White House decision and the “world will give a very good lesson to the United States.”
Palestinian leaders said that they will not be threatened by the U.S. They fear that such decision could lead to “dangerous repercussions”. South Africa joined the chorus and criticized the U.S. leader’s decision for not being able to bring a sustainable decision. South Africa has been backing the U.S. on Israeli policies for decades.
Iran described Trump and Haley ‘s threats as “thuggish intimidation” and praised the “global NO” given to the Trump administration.
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