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The United States warned that it will “take note of the names” of countries that reject in the United Nations its recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
After Washington vetoed on the Security Council on Monday a draft resolution affirming that any decision on the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and urged all states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in the city, Turkey and Yemen requested an emergency session for this Thursday of the General Assembly, in which none of the 193 countries has veto power .
Permanent observer of Palestine before the UN, Riyad Mansur, said that a text similar to the one of Monday will be presented – non-binding and in which the United States is not mentioned specifically – for which he expects “overwhelming support” .
President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to cut financial aid to countries that support this new resolution.
“They get hundreds 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 do not care ,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
After this emergency call of the General Assembly, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, wrote dozens of letters to other member states to let them know that “the president and the United States take this vow personally . “
“The president will closely follow this vote and has asked to inform him about the countries that vote against us, we will take note of each and every vote in this matter,” Haley wrote in the letters according to journalists who had access to them. .
Shortly after, the ambassador posted the warning on her Twitter account:
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
“At the UN we are always asked to do more and give more. So when we make a decision at will of the American people about where to locate our embassy, we do not expect those to s that have helped us to attack . On Thursday there will be a vote criticizing our election, the United States will take note of the names, “the message says.
On Monday, the other 14 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the draft resolution that only the United States opposed. Her ambassador described the vote as “an insult” and warned that “it will not be forgotten . “
Among the countries that are part of the Council are some traditionally considered as allies by Washington such as the United Kingdom, France or Japan.
Epicenter of the conflict
The status of Jerusalem is one of the epicenters of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Israel occupied the east of the city, formerly occupied by Jordan, in the 1967 Middle East war and considers the entire city to be its indivisible capital.
The Palestinians claim that East Jerusalem is the capital of a future state and that its final status should be discussed as the final phase of the peace talks.
Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognized internationally, and all countries currently maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.
However, President Donald Trump ordered the State Department on December 6 to start working on the relocation of the US Embassy, which led to mass protests in several cities with a Muslim majority.