U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is taking a stand for President Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – warning that she will be “taking names” of nations that reject the president’s decision in a General Assembly vote scheduled for Thursday.
And what will the U.S. do with those names?
President Trump is threatening to cut off aid to the countries in Haley’s list of names that call for him to withdraw his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The U.N. is considering its latest plan to condemn the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital today. The comments are being livestreamed:
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” President Trump said at the White House Wednesday. “This isn’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 they’re doing.
“People are tired of the United States – people that live here that are great citizens that love this country – they’re tired of this country being taken advantage of. And we’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”
On behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Turkey and Yemen had requested an emergency meeting of the 193 nations. The request came in response to the U.S. veto of a draft resolution rejecting President Trump’s Dec. 6 Jerusalem declaration. Egypt introduced the draft, which was supported Monday by all 14 other Security Council members. It expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”
As WND reported, President Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also indicated that the U.S. will be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though the president did not give a date for the move. President Trump said his decision was “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality” and that the move should not be interpreted as a departure from the U.S. stance of working toward a peaceful “two-state solution” to the age-old Arab-Israeli conflict.
In a letter to U.N. ambassadors, Haley warned: “As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the president and the U.S. take this vote personally. The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us.”
On Tuesday, Haley tweeted: “At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”
On Wednesday, Haley tweeted Trump’s warning concerning the U.N. nations that vote to reject the Jerusalem declaration. She wrote: “Referencing tomorrow’s UN vote criticizing the US embassy move. In the words of the President, ‘Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot.'”
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration along with other Israeli leaders. However, the Arab world condemned the announcement and Palestinians rioted in the West Bank and at the Gaza Strip.
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian permanent observer in the U.N., says he expects Thursday’s vote to demonstrate “overwhelming support” for criticism of Trump’s declaration, the Times of Israel reported. Mansour argued that the Jerusalem issue must “be resolved through negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians.
“The General Assembly will say, without the fear of the veto, that the international community is refusing to accept the unilateral position of the United States,” Mansour said.
Aside from the U.S., the 14 other Security Council members include China, France, Russia, the U.K., Bolivia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Sweden, Ukraine and Uruguay.
In a 14-1 vote Monday, even U.S. allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine voted in favor of the draft resolution rejecting Trump’s Jerusalem decision.
Even after the U.S. vetoed the draft resolution, another vote is scheduled for Thursday.
Haley said the Security Council’s vote against the U.S. was “an insult” and “it won’t be forgotten.”
A senior diplomat from a Muslim country blasted Haley’s letter in comments to Reuters, saying, “States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others.”
A senior Western diplomat told the news agency that the letter showed “poor tactics” at the U.N. but may indicate Haley has big political plans for the future. The diplomat called it “pretty good for Haley 2020 or Haley 2024.”
“She’s not going to win any votes in the General Assembly or the Security Council, but she is going to win some votes in the U.S. population,” the Western diplomat said.
In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that city as Israel’s capital.
“This Act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago,” Trump said in remarks to the nation from the White House on Dec. 6.
But the law contained a clause allowing the president to sign a “waiver” that would delay its implementation. Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama signed the waiver every six months, refusing to let the law passed by Congress go into effect.
Not Trump, although he signed the waiver the first time he was presented with it.
Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital was one of the promises he made to voters in 2016.