128 countries defy Trump and vote to reject Jerusalem as Israeli capital

ALMOST 130 countries have called for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

President Donald Trump threatened to stop supplying financial aid to countries that defied him and voted in favour of a United Nations General Assembly resolution.

But 128 countries chose to ignore the threat and backed the resolution, isolating the superpower on the world stage.


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Thirty-five countries, including Australia, abstained from voting, while nine supported the US’s recognition.

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.

The vote comes after President Trump publicly announced earlier this month that the United States officially recognises Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel and would move its embassy there.

The US’s declaration infuriated both Israel, who captured East Jerusalem in 1967, and the Palestinians who want the holy city as their capital.

As was evident at the United Nations General Assembly, a majority of the international community agrees the city’s final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.