(National Sentinel)Â Global Mistake:Â U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned countries who voted against sanctioning the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying it is likely going to cost them dearly in the future.
In a 128-9 vote, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution, drafted by Egypt, thatÂ expresses â€œdeep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.â€
TheÂ resolution states that Jerusalemâ€™s final status be negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians.
In addition, it affirms that any decisions and actions that â€œpurport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalemâ€ â€” a thinly veiled reference to President Donald Trumpâ€™s recognition â€” are â€œnull and void.â€
The rebuke, Haley said, was merely indicative of the UN’s anti-Israel bias. And she promised that it would have far-reaching consequences for those nations who voted against President Donald J. Trump’s decision.
â€œThe United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,â€ Haley said.
â€œWe will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the worldâ€™s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she added.
Trump also downplayed the rebuke, saying it will save the U.S. “a lot” of money.
He suggested Wednesday that a general assembly vote against his Jerusalem decision could affect â€œbillions of dollarsâ€ in U.S. foreign aid.
â€œLet them vote against us, weâ€™ll save a lot,â€ he said. â€œWe donâ€™t care. This isnâ€™t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what theyâ€™re doing.â€
Trump said his decision was merely a reflection of reality and that Israel has already long declared the city as its capital.
Also, Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed legislation in the mid-1990s giving U.S. presidents the authority to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but none before Trump had done so.
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