In the beginning of December, President Trump made one of the most important announcements of his presidency. As promised in his campaign, he said that there would be some major changes regarding policy with the Middle East.
President Trump said that the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Additionally, he said that he was making plans to move the U.S. embassy from its current location of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
While President Trump has said that this was his plan all along, the decision has brought forth a myriad of critics. The main concern that is being brought to the table is that the decision would sever efforts to bring peace between Israel and Palestine.
Even though the president said that he wanted to continue peace efforts and that he would let the Israeli and Palestinian leaders decide if they wanted a two-part state, many people believed that the decision completely undermines Palestine.
Immediately after the announcement was made, the UN called an emergency meeting to discuss it. Several representatives spoke out, saying that they were very upset about the decision.
The United States UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, had to come to President Trump's defense. She called out members of the UN for their lack of peace efforts and said that the U.S. has a great relationship with both of the cultures at hand.
Regardless of Haley's critique, several UN members are opting to create a draft resolution to reject the decision. The vote will take place at the UN general assembly on Thursday.
Now, President Trump has issued a harsh threat to the countries who will vote against him. He said that he is prepared to withhold "billions" of dollars from the countries who oppose him.
He told his cabinet, "Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care. But this isn't like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars. We're not going to be taken advantage of any longer."
The Guardian noted that the main countries that are opposing the move are poorer nations, which are considered more "vulnerable to US pressure." For instance, Egypt, who tried to pass a security council resolution on Monday, received a shocking $1.2 billion last year from US aid.
While President Trump's threat may be most prevalent for representatives from poorer nations, the Guardian pointed out that it could affect the UK's vote as well. As they attempt to negotiate a post-Brexit deal with Washington, they do not want to be on our bad side.
Haley warned the UN that she would be taking notes of who votes against the U.S. on the Jerusalem decision. The vote is set for Thursday, and we will update here as more information is revealed.
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