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Trump defeated at U.N. but sends sharp threat to the world

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Analysis. The 128-9 General Assembly vote condemning Trump’s Jerusalem declaration exposes a fundamental split between nations that respect international law and those that believe only in force.

written by Michele Giorgio

Topic Middle East and North Africa


December 23, 2017

On Thursday, the U.N. General Assembly approved, with an overwhelming majority, the resolution condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Nov. 6. The proposal presented by Turkey and Yemen was approved with 128 votes in favor and nine opposed, its text similar to the version rejected a few days ago in the Security Council due to the U.S.’s veto, asserting that all states must comply with the previous resolutions of the Security Council and that the final status of Jerusalem can only be decided through negotiations.

Nonetheless, the recent threats from Trump and his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, against U.N. member countries have produced some results. In addition to the U.S. and Israel, seven other countries voted against the resolution: Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. The major E.U. countries—Italy, France, Britain,........

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