On December 6th, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He vowed to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem, signaling the U.S. support of the city that Israel has considered their capital since the country's founding more than seventy years ago.
President Trump's announcement was a bold move, implementing what has officially been U.S. policy—according to a Congress vote—since the 90s. However, the U.S. is being criticized for the decision by the United Nations, who are voting on a resolution to formally acknowledge the U.N.'s disapproval of the action, reported ABC News.
On Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley had strong words for countries who are critical of America's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. She repeated that the United States will take the vote personally.
She said "no vote" will change U.S. Jerusalem decision, "but this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N., and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N."
In a tweet on Tuesday, Haley warned that “the US will be taking names” of countries who vote in favor of a U.N. resolution criticizing the move.
The resolution, drafted by Turkey and Yemen, asks other countries not to establish diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. "The resolution mirrors a similar one authored by Egypt, which the U.S. vetoed Monday. That resolution was supported by all 14 other members of the U.N. Security Council," notes ABC News.
On Tuesday, Haley also sent a letter to other U.N. member nations. She warned them of the consequences of voting against the U.S.
"The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue," Haley wrote in the letter.
In the letter, Haley also clarified that the U.S. decision doesn't mean other countries have to move their embassies to Jerusalem. Although, she notes, “we think it would be appropriate.”
Instead, the letter asks for the support of the decision.
"The U.S. announcement is an acknowledgement [sic] that peace is best advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest with each other about the basic facts. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the country’s founding nearly seventy years ago," Haley wrote. "The President’s honest assessment of this reality does not foreclose any of the options considered by Israelis and Palestinians for decades."
President Trump vocally supported Haley during a cabinet meeting. voiced his support for Haley’s message in a cabinet meeting this afternoon.
"I like the message that Nikki said yesterday at the United Nations, for all these nations that take our money and then vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us potentially at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us—well, we're watching those votes," Trump said.
The POTUS added, "Our great citizens that love this country, they're tired of this country being taken advantage of and we're not going to be taken advantage of any longer."
Haley made it very clear what would happen if countries that the United States supports financially refuse to support the United States symbolically.
“Referencing tomorrow's UN vote criticizing the US embassy move. In the words of the President, ‘Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot.’”
Israel is also standing behind the United States. Ahead of Thursday's vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the United Nations as a "house of lies."
"The State of Israel totally rejects this vote, even before (the resolution's) approval," Netanyahu said in a speech at a hospital dedication in the port city of Ashdod.
In his speech, Netanyahu commended Trump and Haley for "their brave and uncompromising stance." He continued, "The attitude towards Israel of many countries, on all continents, outside the walls of the United Nations, is changing and will ultimately permeate into the U.N.—the house of lies," he said.
Stay tuned for the results of the vote. In other news, major U.S. companies have promised their workers more money if President Trump signs the GOP tax bill.