UN Votes Overwhelmingly to Reject Trump's Jerusalem Decision

| DEC 21, 2017 | 6:56 PM

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On Thursday, the United Nations resoundingly passed a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, handing the president a stunning rebuke.

According to the final vote count, 128 members voted in favor of the resolution supporting the long-standing international consensus that Jerusalem's status must be decided in conjunction with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

However, the U.N.'s resolution is not legally binding but instead acts as a formal statement of opinion. It also works as a symbolic rebuke of Trump's recent historic choice on the matter.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley offered harsh words ahead of the vote, claiming the U.S. would remember who “disrespected” America by voting against it.

“When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected. What's more, that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected. In the case of the U.S., we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege,” Haley said. “The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the U.N.”

Trump also weighed in before a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us,” the president said. “Well, we're watching those votes. Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don't care.”