Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sent a message of gratitude to the more than 60 countries that either voted no, abstained or didn’t show for Thursday’s emergency meeting before the United Nations General Assembly.
The vote was an international response to President Donald Trump’s decision to label Jerusalem the capital of Israel — something that 128 member nations overwhelmingly rejected.
The resolution affirmed 10 security council resolutions that date back decades and, according to The Guardian, it “demands that all states comply with security council resolutions regarding the holy city of Jerusalem, and not to recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.”
Haley, who chastised many of her fellow ambassadors and the countries they represent in a passionate speech before the General Assembly before the vote, later turned to Facebook to further make known her disdain.
“We appreciate these countries for not falling to the irresponsible ways of the United Nations,” she wrote.
There were nine countries in total that voted against the resolution — Guatamala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Miconesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo and the U.S. See Haley’s post below, which also includes those that didn’t vote or abstained:
We appreciate these countries for not falling to the irresponsible ways of the United Nations: Antigua-Barbuda,…
Haley accused the international body of being hostile toward Israel and pledging during her speech and refused to back down from Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. She also charged the U.N. with disproportionately attacking Israel and said that the organization’s stance has a dire impact not only on Israel, but on the world at large.
“It’s a wrong that undermines the credibility of this institution,” she said. “And that, in turn, is harmful for the entire world.”
The ambassador went on to speak about Israel’s right to defend “its own survival as a nation” and said that Israel stands up for the “ideals of freedom and human dignity” — values that she charged the U.N. is “supposed to be about.”
The more controversial portion of the speech, though, focused on the fact that the U.S. is the “single largest contributor” to the U.N., something that Haley indicated could be in danger if the vote doesn’t go America’s way.
Referencing tomorrow's UN vote criticizing the US embassy move. In the words of the President, "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot."
“We’ll be honest with you. When we make generous contributions to the U.N. we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected,” she said. “When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected … that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected.”
Haley continued, “In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege.”