Skip to content skip to sidebar Skip to footer
Donald Trump during a meeting attended by his entire cabinet on Wednesday. – Photo credits: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

On the eve of a vote at the United Nations condemning Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President...

On the eve of a vote at the United Nations condemning Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the American president threatened to cut off funds to countries tempted to vote in favor of this resolution.

On the eve of a vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the status of Jerusalem, Donald Trump is raising his voice. This Wednesday, the American president issued a severe warning to countries tempted to vote on Thursday for a resolution condemning Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, threatening to cut off US funding. “We take note of these votes”, he launched at the White House, denouncing “all these countries which take our money and then vote against us in the Security Council”.

»READ ALSO - Washington isolated after its initiative on Jerusalem

In this latter forum, Washington on Monday vetoed the condemnation of Donald Trump's decision of December 6 which had provoked anger and demonstrations in the Muslim world. Which had not prevented the United States from suffering a resounding diplomatic failure with the approval of the text by its fourteen partners, including its main European allies, France and the United Kingdom in the lead. A new vote is scheduled for Thursday from 16 p.m. (in France) at the General Assembly, which has 193 member countries. However, the resolutions are not binding and there is no right of veto.

"They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us," Donald Trump stormed on Wednesday during a meeting attended by his entire cabinet. "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot, we don't care," he added.

"If it's 130, that would be bad"

A diplomat at the United Nations

Several ambassadors are counting on a score oscillating between 165 and 190 votes in favor. "If it's 130, it would be bad," said one of them on condition of anonymity. On Monday, US Ambassador Nikki Haley, who had done little lobbying with her partners to abstain, showed a threatening face. This vote “is an insult that we will not forget”, had launched the dark look that which has rank of minister in the American administration. On Tuesday, she went even further about the expected vote at the United Nations General Assembly: tweet, email, letter…

"The President (Donald Trump) will be watching this vote carefully and he has asked that I report to him which countries voted against us," the diplomat wrote in a letter or email to UN members. And “we will take note of each of the votes on this question”. An angry tweet from Nikky Haley was posted at the same time. “At the UN we are always asked to do more and give more” and “we don't expect those we have helped to target us”. On Thursday, “the United States will note the names”.

UN diplomats flabbergasted

These projections, repeated this Wednesday by Donald Trump, stunned many UN diplomats. "That's not how it works, we vote on principles," said an Asian ambassador on condition of anonymity. "You can't vote A for years and suddenly vote B," adds a counterpart from Latin America. With these pressures, “the United States can have a dozen abstentions from countries which could also choose not to vote”, estimates a third ambassador, this time from Europe.

»READ ALSO - Jerusalem: the challenges of American recognition

“The world has changed. The logic of “I am strong, therefore I am right” has changed”

Mevlüt Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister

This Wednesday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, who will be present at the UN for the vote, strongly denounced the "threats" and "intimidation" from Washington. His Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, also rose up. “The world has changed. The logic of “I am strong, therefore I am right” has changed. Now the world is rising up against injustice. From now on, no nation that has honor, no state that respects itself bows its back in the face of this kind of pressure, ”said the Turkish minister, whose country is an ally of the United States in NATO.

The General Assembly resolution, proposed by Yemen and Turkey, stresses that any decision on the status of Jerusalem “has no legal force, is null and void and must be revoked.” The text recalls all the resolutions adopted by the UN relating to the colonization of Palestinian territories and stressing that Jerusalem must be part of a final peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. With two successive votes in the Security Council and the General Assembly, the Palestinians are trying to weigh in on a future peace plan even if the credit of the United States as a mediator is seriously tarnished, indicates a diplomat.

Source: ©  UN Assembly: Trump threatens countries voting against his decision on Jerusalem


  • hazen
    Posted December 21th 23h21 0Likes

    We must be clear and end with the policy of hypocrisy. Those who have chosen to go against the will of America and its sovereign choice position themselves in the opposing clan of the USA; therefore they should not aspire and hope for his help.
    We must cut off their food and not invest there and relocate even the companies that have set up there that the populations do not agree with their leaders and that they will pay. It is thus and thus only that the countries which support injustices must think ten times before deciding such things.
    This affair of Jerusalem and the so-called Palestinian Arabs is a business of states and their leaders to hypnotize and exploit the naivety of their brainwashed people.

Leave a comment

CJFAI © 2023. All Rights Reserved.