Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel catered to the wishes of the Israeli hardliners who have created an apartheid state against the Palestinians. It also pleased the evangelical extremists in the US, especially those eagerly awaiting he Rapture and the end of the world because this seems to fulfill one of the so-called prophecies that herald the second coming of Jesus.
But the move also violated a long-standing international consensus about the status of Jerusalem and the UN Security Council voted 14-1 to condemn it, with the US having to veto it. Even long standing US allies like the UK and France split with the US on this, showing its deep isolation on this issue.
The issue was then put to a vote of the 193 members of the UN General Assembly and Trump threated to cut off aid to any country that voted to condemn the move. So what happened? Today 128 countries voted in favor of calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to declare as “null and void” and must be cancelled any decisions regarding the status of the city. 35 nations abstained and 21 countries did not show up for the vote. The only states to vote against the resolution were the US and Israel (of course) and Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. (Note that Israel supplies the repressive right wing Honduras government with much of its weapons.)
Here’s how the vote went.
Pretty much all of western Europe, the strongest allies of the US, voted in favor of the resolution and against the US. Even countries like Afghanistan and Iraq voted for the resolution, even though they are heavily dependent on US aid.
What will the petulant man-child that is president of the US do in response to this direct rebuke? Who knows? But it will be something childish.
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