All you need to know about UNGA session on Jerusalem



Sat, 23 Dec 2017 - 07:21 GMT


Sat, 23 Dec 2017 - 07:21 GMT

Screen shot of ISRAEL'S Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - SPEECH AT UNGA SEP 19 2017

Screen shot of ISRAEL'S Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - SPEECH AT UNGA SEP 19 2017

CAIRO – 23 December 2017: More than 120 countries defied U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favor. A total of 128 countries backed the non-binding resolution, 9 voted against, 35 abstained and 21 countries did not cast a vote.

What’s the title of the last session held by the UNGA on Jerusalem?

The tenth emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly was held under the title of “Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

How many countries voted for or against the resolution?

128 countries voted for the draft resolution and 9 countries voted against, while 35 abstained from voting on the draft resolution.

Which countries voted against the resolution in favor of Israel and the U.S.?

The U.S., Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo and Palau.

Which countries abstained?

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Haiti, Hungary, Jamaica, Latvia, Lesotho, Kiribati, Malawi, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda and Vanuatu.

Which countries voted in favor of the resolution?

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, St Vincent and Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

What did Egypt do for Jerusalem in the U.N.?

On December 16, Egypt proposed a draft resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The United Nations Security Council was set to vote on the resolution on Monday.

Expectedly, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetoed Egypt’s resolution, as the United States is one of the five permanent UNSC member states possessing veto power.

What were Trump’s reactions one day before the voting?

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of the draft resolution.

"They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we're watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care," Trump told reporters at the White House.

What was the American reaction after the voting?

Ambassador Haley said in a speech on the floor of the UNGA on Thursday before the vote, “America will put our embassy in Jerusalem.” She then added, “No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N. and on how we look at countries (that) disrespect us in the U.N., and this vote will be remembered.”



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