US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley did not mince words in condemning the other member nations who voted near-unanimously to condemn President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, declaring: “this vote will be remembered.”
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, said in a blistering address.
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution 128-9 expressing “deep regret” for Trump’s decision to establish a U.S. embassy in Israel. The resolution – which the U.S. could not veto – also asked “all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem” due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Haley went so far as to suggest that the vote could one day be grounds for the U.S. to withdraw its funding for the UN, which would cripple the international institution given the amount of money the U.S. contributes relative to other member nations.
“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations and we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she warned.
Haley depicted Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as one that has the democratic support of the American electorate.
“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem, that is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do,” she declared. “No vote at the United Nations will make any difference on that, but this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN and this vote will be remembered.”