In a 128-9 vote, the U.N. General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution demanding the U.S. rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. U.S. neighbors Mexico and Canada were among the 35 abstentions.
The UN General Assembly held an emergency session today to vote on the Jerusalem resolution. Watch the session in the player above.
The resolution, which does not specifically mention the U.S., says that any decisions that would change the status of Jerusalem are “null and void” and must be rescinded.
Here's how the vote went. pic.twitter.com/ConvlgSRun
— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) December 21, 2017
The vote took place at an emergency session in the General Assembly, following a U.S. veto of a similar measure in the Security Council earlier this week. The U.S., along with the other four permanent members of the Security Council (Russia, China, Britain and France), is unable to veto General Assembly motions like the one at hand today.
On Tuesday, Ambassador Nikki Haley applied pressure to the upcoming vote, saying that the U.S. would “take the names” of any countries that voted in favor of the resolution, which cites “deep regret” over “recent decisions” on Jerusalem.
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
President Donald Trump echoed Haley’s threats on Wednesday, saying that the U.S. was “watching those votes.”
The threat appeared to have worked, with the Associated Press noting that it was “noteworthy” that 21 countries were absent from today’s vote.