Ignoring the fact that the United States has veto power, the United Nations prepared a resolution to “nullify” President Donald Trump’s recent decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
In what proved to be little more than spitting in the wind, the 15 member UN Security Council voted on the resolution on Monday, prompting the U.S. to exercise that power.
The UN Security Council has voted 14-1 in favor of a resolution calling on Trump to rescind declaration on Jerusalem. The US vetoed, per @carlandry_afp
— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) December 18, 2017
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley effectively told the UN where to shove the measure she called an “insult,” saying a sovereign country “will not be told” where it can locate its embassy.
“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy,” she declared.
What we have witnessed here is an insult,” Haley continued. “It won’t be forgotten. It is one more example of the UN doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli Palestinian conflict.”
Nikki Haley on UNSC vote:“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy. What we have witnessed here is an insult. It won’t be forgotten. It is one more example of the UN doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli Palestinian conflict.”
— columlynch (@columlynch) December 18, 2017
Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon had his own message, telling the Security Council that they “can vote another hundred times to criticize our presence in Jerusalem, but history won’t change. […] It’s time for all countries to recognize that Jerusalem always was and always will be the capital of the Jewish people and the capital of Israel,” Haaretz reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to social media to thank Haley for vetoing the resolution.
“Thank you, Ambassador Haley. On Hanukkah, you spoke like a Maccabi. You lit a candle of truth. You dispel the darkness. One defeated the many. Truth defeated lies. Thank you, President Trump. Thank you Nikki Haley.” Netanyahu tweeted.
Thank you, Ambassador Haley. On Hanukkah, you spoke like a Maccabi. You lit a candle of truth. You dispel the darkness. One defeated the many. Truth defeated lies. Thank you, President Trump. Thank you, Nikki Haley. pic.twitter.com/zFIiStoait
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 18, 2017
The reaction on social media proved just how embarrassing the vote proved to be for the UN… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
America stands with Israel, once again https://t.co/MKwOwjjehV
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) December 18, 2017
Is there an emoji for ‘in your face, U.N.?” https://t.co/5FimkeWRcW
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) December 18, 2017
— Conservative Review (@CR) December 18, 2017
— Rep. Lou Barletta (@RepLouBarletta) December 18, 2017
The UN cannot force the President to rescind a recognition. https://t.co/W9IFSaYtQ2
— Josh Blackman (@JoshMBlackman) December 18, 2017