US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor Thursday of the United Nations resolution rejecting Trumpâs recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâs capital.
Speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday, Trump also expressed support for a letter sent by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, in which she warned member states against supporting the resolution.
âThe president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us,âHaley wrote in the letter.
Trump said he âlikesâ Haleyâs message and that he is, indeed, âwatching their votes.
âThey take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us,â Trump said. âWell, weâre watching those votes. Let them vote against us. Weâll save a lot. We donât care.â
Nikki Haley sent a letter to representatives of UN member-states, warning them against supporting a resolution rejecting President Donald Trumpâs recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâs capital.
The resolution, which expected to pass by sweeping majority, is slated for vote on Thursday.
âThe president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us,â she wrote in a letter obtained by Haaretz.
âThank you for your consideration, and please do not hesitate to contact my team with any questions or concerns.â
The UN General Assembly is set to meet on Thursday at 5 P.M. Israel time (10 A.M. EST) for an emergency discussion on the unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâs capital.
Turkey and Yemen requested the meeting after an Egyptian draft resolution against the recognition was presented to the Security Council and was vetoed by the United States, although the 14 other members of the council voted for it.
Turkey said on Wednesday the US has isolated itself by recognising Jerusalem as Israelâs capital and accused it of threatening countries that might vote against it on the matter at an emergency U.N. General Assembly session.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose country has led Muslim opposition to Washingtonâs stance on Jerusalem, was speaking before leaving Istanbul with the Palestinian foreign minister to attend Thursdayâs gathering in New York.
In an attempt to avoid embarrassment, Israel has instructed its diplomatic missions to seek meetings with high-level officials to persuade them to direct their representatives at the UN to oppose, not to support, or at the very least not to deliver a speech at the General Assembly.
Among the reasons ambassadors were told to cite are that Jerusalem was the de facto capital of Israel long before the United States recognised it as such; a resolution of this kind at the United Nations will damage American efforts toward a peace agreement in the region.
The resolution will spur terror and violence in the area; and unilateral steps in the United Nations do more harm than good. The envoys will also pledge to maintain freedom of religion and the status quo in the city.
-Culled from Haarezt
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