Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 at 09:08:01 AM EST
With the Unites States voted against the measure: Guatamala, Honduras, Togo, Israel and four Pacific Island states Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Nauru.
UNGA votes 128-9 to reject US decision on Jerusalem, 35 abstentions | Deutsche Welle |
A total of 128 UN member states voted in favor of a draft measure that declares US President Trump's Jerusalem decision "null and void." The overwhelming backing for the resolution came despite US threats to cut funding.
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UN General Assembly adopts resolution on status of Jerusalem
An emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on Thursday condemning US President Donald Trump's decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
The draft resolution before the 193-member UN General Assembly reaffirms that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through peace negotiations with Palestine and Israel. It would also make Trump's recent Jerusalem decision "null and void."
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the result, calling it a "a victory for Palestine."
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After the vote, the German Foreign Office tweeted its reasoning, writing that "the status of Jerusalem should be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians. It should not be prejudged."
Erdogan: Trump 'cannot buy' support
Earlier on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heavily criticized Trump on Thursday and urged other countries not to give into pressure from Washington.
"I am calling on the whole world: never sell your democratic will in return for petty dollars," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Ankara. He has been among the most vocal critics of Trump's decsion.
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Netanyahu blasts UN as 'house of lies' (Photo: Ynet News)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the UN as a "house of lies" ahead of Thursday's vote.
"Jerusalem is our capital and we will continue to build there and embassies of countries, firstly the United States, will move to Jerusalem. This will happen," Netanyahu said.
'Welcome to Jerusalem' exhibition explores a divided Holy City.
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