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21 Dec 2017

UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to condemn Israel’s claim to an undivided Jerusalem

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December 21, 2017 Category: Stateside Posted by:

The U.N. General Assembly has voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions to declare President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”

Thursday’s vote, while a victory for the Palestinians, was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for, with many forecasting at least 150 “yes” votes. It is noteworthy that 21 countries were absent.

In that sense, it was a victory for the United States, with Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision having an impact.

An aide to the Palestinian president is thanking countries that voted in favor of a U.N. resolution countering the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “despite all the pressure exerted on them.”

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, appeared to be referring to a threat by President Donald Trump to cut off U.S. funding to countries that support the resolution, which called Trump’s Jerusalem recognition “null and void.”

Abu Rdeneh says in a statement Thursday to the official Wafa news agency that the vote reflects the support the Palestinians enjoy in the international community. He says the Palestinians will continue their efforts in international forums to help create a Palestinian state.

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