UN General Assembly strongly votes against US Al-Quds decision
The UN General Assembly has vehemently adopted a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial decision to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israeli regime, ignoring threats by isolated American leaders who warned reprisals against countries that back the pro-Palestinian document.

The 193-nation assembly adopted the resolution on Thursday by a decisive vote of 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions.

The outcome of the emergency assembly was hailed as a “victory” by Palestine. “We will continue our efforts in the United Nations and at all international forums to put an end to this occupation and to establish our Palestinian state with east al-Quds as its capital,” Palestinian president’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter, hailing the vote as a “resounding” negative reply to US President Donald Trump’s “intimidation”.

Before the vote was held at the General Assembly, Trump had warned that “we’re watching,” threatening reprisals against countries that back the al-Quds resolution.

Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to withhold “billions” of dollars in US aid from countries that vote in favor of the UN resolution rejecting his al-Quds announcement.

“Let them vote against us,” he said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be, where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars,” he noted. “We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”

Ahead of the voting, US Ambassador Nikki Haley also took the podium warning that “the United States will remember this day.”

“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem (al-Quds),” Haley said, adding, “No vote in 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.”

The US threats were condemned by Turkey, with the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stating that Trump “cannot buy Turkey’s democratic will.”

“I hope and expect the United States won’t get the result it expects from there (the UN General Assembly) and the world will give a very good lesson to the United States,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara on Thursday ahead of the meeting.

On Monday, the US vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on al-Quds, which had demanded that the American decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital be withdrawn. All other UNSC members, Even the US closest allies namely the UK and France, voted in favor of the document.

HT IUVMPRESS

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