After passing through embarrassment and isolation at UN Security Council and facing unpleasant scenario at UN General Assembly after its Jerusalem move, US President Donald Trump has now threatened to cut aid to the countries that vote in favour of a draft UN resolution condemning the its decision.
The reaction came at time when most countries opposed Washington’s move to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel and relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem at Security Council emergency meeting. US vetoed the draft resolution at the Security Council.
President Trump said at the White House on Wednesday that US would be “watching those votes” in the General Assembly.
He said, “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.”
Earlier, Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN has sent threatening letters to the member states not to support the anti-US resolution.
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. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017
The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session on Thursday to vote on the controversial US decision. The non-binding motion is expected to pass easily in the 193-member UN body.
Haley also said on Twitter “the US will be taking names” of countries that vote in favour of the resolution.
On Wednesday, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki accused US of “threatening” member countries before the actual vote. He said that American officials were “committing another mistake when they have distributed this famous letter trying to threaten countries, [and] threaten their sovereign decision to choose how to vote”.
“This is really a new definition of world order in politics and it seems that the American administration… are putting their stamp on a new political reality that many countries will reject, Maliki said
The UN session would show “how many countries will opt to vote with their conscience”.
On December 6, US President Donbald Trump recognised Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital and announced the intention to move its embassy to the city.
Trump’s move met with large scale world-wide protest demonstrations. The inhabitants in the Palestinian occupied territories, several Arab countries, Africa, Europe, America and Australia also came out on the streets against the move.
The US vetoed on Tuesday an Egyptian drafted UN Security Council resolution calling on countries not to establish diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. The US was isolated while remaining all 14 members supported of the draft resolution.
The US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley could not control her feelings while posting her twitter post.
"What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten. It’s one more example of the @UN doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) December 18, 2017
-Amb. Haley after vetoing a UNSC resolution on Jerusalem: https://t.co/ipDIorG7KY pic.twitter.com/rhRLzZXWFr
An Arab TV journalist based in New York has disclosed that Swedish ambassador to the UN has signalled that his country would vote in favour of the resolution.
“What we’re going to be seeing in the General Assembly Thursday, on that particular vote, is likely to be a sweeping condemnation now not just of attempts to alter the status of Jerusalem, but also in a way an opinion poll on President Trump’s isolationist policies,” he said.
Reacting to the US President Donald Trump’s threat of cutting aid to the countries that vote against his Jerusalem move at the General Assembly, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the decision was “contempt of democracy.”
Zarif also slammed Trump’s recent “insult” against Iran while announcing new National Security Strategy (NSS).
Trump regime exposes contempt for democracy through its threats against those who dare resist its thuggish demands at the UN—all while Trump insults Iran crudely as “dictatorship”. US version of democracy stops at rhetoric of "either with us or against us".— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 20, 2017
Several Arab and Muslim countries have requested the UN General Assembly to hold emergency special meeting on Trump’s Jerusalem move, days after US vetoed against the Security Council draft resolution.