Tonga absent from United Nations vote on Jerusalem

Posted December 25, 2017

When contacted on whether the US would stop providing financial aid to Nigeria for not supporting its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a US Department of State official, Julia Mason, said, "As President Trump said on December 20, it is a factor in the process of making our assistance decisions".

The UN's budget has been slashed by more than $285 million, according to Ambassador Nikki Haley, who said the cost cuts gutted the organization's "bloated management". "This vote further reaffirms our stand and support to Palestine", she said in a statement on Twitter.

Only nine voted No, and supported the U.S. position, including the Pacific islands countries of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands, along with Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Togo and the USA.

On December 18, the Washington Post stated that Nikki Haley's and Trump's choice at the Security Council to veto the Egyptian resolution, facing another fourteen countries "underscores the US isolation on the issue".

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The former envoy who is considered as one of the few experts on Israel-Palentine and the Middle East issues, said the Philippines should have instead taken a "no show' position, just like the19 other countries who were absent during the United Nations voting proceedings". Let them vote against us; we will save a lot.

While 128 nations voted against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Ambassador Haley revealed herself as a lioness standing up for the state of Israel. "We don't care", Trump stated.

Also on Christmas Eve, Guatemala's president announced the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of President Trump in ordering the change.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the USA veto of Egypt's draft resolution over Jerusalem on Monday.

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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (l.) shakes hands Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint press conference in Jerusalem.


"I thank all countries that voted to support the resolution".

In a post on Facebook on Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he made a decision to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.

The U.N.'s 193-member General Assembly on December 21 adopted a resolution on Jerusalem with an overwhelming majority of them calling on the USA to withdraw its recognition of the city as the capital of Israel.

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The DFA statement came more than a week after Trump announced announcement that the USA recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that its embassy will be moved there.