Ambassador Haley Defies Much of the World

Week in Review: President Trump at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The Story:

The U.S. has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, has clarified that her government is unmoved by the international consensus against that decision.

Taking Names:

On Monday, December 18, the Security Council voted on a resolution requesting that U.S. President Trump withdraw his decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vote went 14 – 1 in favor. The one “no” vote, though, was Ambassador Haley’s veto on behalf of the U.S.

As the General Assembly took up the issue in the following days, Haley wrote her counterparts a letter saying, “The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us,” the letter said.

The Thing to Know:

The threat, if that is what it was, was ineffective. On Thursday, December 21, the General Assembly voted 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, demanding that the U.S. rescind its decision on Jerusalem.

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