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>> The General Assembly is now voting on->> More than 100 countries defied U.S President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of the UN resolution calling for the U.S to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to nations that backed the resolution, but 128 countries, including some key U.S allies, voted against Washington's wishes.
Reuters UN Bureau Chief Michelle Nichols.>> Among U.S allies in the Middle East, countries like Egypt, Jordan and Iraq voted for the resolution. Among the Europeans, there was Britain, France and Germany. Some notable countries who abstained who are U.S allies were Canada, Australia, Mexico. And then, there were several other countries, who are recipients of U.S aid, who ended up abstaining, such as Rwanda, South Sudan.
>> Ahead of the General Assembly vote, American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hinted that the U.S might retaliate against members for their stances.>> This vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN.
And this vote will be remembered.>> The rhetoric reiterating a message Haley and Trump broadcast earlier this week which shocked many at the world body.>> One ambassador called it blatant bullying. Several other ambassadors said that it only solidified their stance on the status of Jerusalem and how they would vote.
One ambassador said that she was possibly appealing more to the U.S public, than actually talking to UN nations. And that she may have been sounding more like she was on the campaign trail than than a diplomat at the UN.>> Earlier this month, Trump reversed decades of U.S policy by announcing he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move the U.S Embassy there.
Palestinians and others in the Muslim world reacted to Trump's move with mass protests.