“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said addressing the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday’s vote on Jerusalem.
“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she continued.
Nevertheless 128 countries voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to renounce its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, nine voted against and 35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote. The document is non-binding.
After the vote Haley asked the 64 countries who voted ‘no’, abstained or did not cast a vote to come to a January New Year reception “to thank you for your friendship to the United States,” according to the invitation sent around.