Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump amplified Haley’s threat.
” Let them vote against us ,” he said.
” We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars ,” he said.” We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer .”
The warning appeared aimed largely at UN members in Africa, Asia and Latin America who are regarded as more vulnerable to US pressure.
Egypt, which drafted Monday’s UN security council resolution which the US vetoed, is particularly vulnerable, receiving $1.2 bn in US aid last year.
But Trump’s comments may also resonate elsewhere- including in the UK, which is hoping to negotiate a quick post-Brexit trade deal with Washington.
The emergency UN general assembly session was called for Thursday to protest against the US veto at Monday’s security council meeting on a resolution the Jerusalem issue- which was supported by all other 14 members.
The security council resolution demanded that all countries comply with pre-existing UN security council resolutions on Jerusalem, dating back to 1967, including requirements that the city’s final status be decided in direct the talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15 -member council that voted in favour on Monday, and were expected to do the same at the general assembly on Thursday.
Diplomats expect strong support for the resolution, which is non-binding, despite the US pressure to either abstain or vote against it. However, a council envoy said Canada, Hungary and the Czech Republic might bow to US pressure and not support the draft resolution.
Critics point out the the Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem- as well as the US veto- are both in opposition to numerous security council resolutions.
Trump’s extraordinary intervention marked the most recent escalation of diplomatic tensions over a decision that has watched the US widely criticised and isolated. It came after a day of high drama.
In a letter to UN ambassadors, Haley told countries- including European delegations- that she will report back to the US president with their lists of those who support a draft resolution rejecting the US move at the UN general assembly on Thursday, adding that Trump took the questions personally.
The new draft resolution for Thursday’s general assembly is very similar to Monday’s defeated security council resolution. Unlike the security council, however, where permanent members can wield the right of veto, there are no veto rights in the general assembly.
The resolution reaffirms 10 resolutions of the security council on Jerusalem, dating back to 1967, including requirements that the city’s final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
It” asserts that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be repealed “.
The draft resolution” demands that all states comply with Security Council resolvings regarding the holy city of Jerusalem, and not to recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions “.
Referring to Haley’s letter, which was disclosed by the Guardian and other media organisations on Wednesday morning, Trump said:” I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations.
” Our great citizens who love this country are tired of this country being taken advantage of- we’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer .”
In her letter, Haley wrote:” As you hold your referendum, I promote you to know the president and the US take this referendum personally.
” The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on the individuals who voted against us ,” she continued.
Haley followed the letter by tweeting:” At the UN we’re always is necessary to do more& dedicate more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our selection. The US will be taking names .”
Responding to the US threats, the Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, and the foreign minister of Turkey- a co-sponsor of the UN vote- Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that they believed UN member countries will ignore “pressure” from Haley.
” No honest nation would bow to such pressure ,” Cavusoglu said.
” The world has changed. The belief that’ I am strong therefore I am right’ has changed. The world today is revolting against injustices .”
A senior diplomat from a Muslim country said of Haley’s letter:” Countries resort to such blatant bully only when they know they do not have a moral or legal debate to persuade others .”
A senior western diplomat, described it as” poor tactics” at the United Nation” but pretty good for Haley 2020 or Haley 2024″, referring to speculation that Haley might run for higher office.
” She’s not going to win any elections in the general assembly or the security council, but she is going to win some elections in the US population ,” the western diplomat said.
A senior European envoy agreed Haley was unlikely to sway many UN states.
” We are missing some leadership here from the US and this type of letter is definitely not helping to establish US leadership in the Middle East peace process ,” the diplomat said.
The tabling of the resolution followed a weekend of negotiations aimed at securing the widest consensus possible on the issue. The vote has underlined is again the widespread international opposition to the US move, even among some of its closest allies.
Turkish president announces intention days after leading calls for region to be recognised as capital of a Palestinian state
Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after resulting bellows at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of a Palestinian nation.
Erdogan said in a speech to members of his AK party in Turkey’s southern province of Karaman that the country’s consulate general in Jerusalem was already represented by an ambassador.
” God willing, the working day is shut when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there ,” Erdogan said.
It was not clear how he would carry out the move, as Israel controls all of Jerusalem and calls the city its indivisible capital. Palestinians want the capital of a future state they seek to be in East Jerusalem, which Israel took in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move not recognised internationally.
Jerusalem, idolized by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam’s third holiest shrine as well as Judaism’s Western Wall- both in the eastern sector- and has been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.
Foreign embassies in Israel, including Turkey’s, are located in Tel Aviv, reflecting Jerusalem’s unresolved status.
A communique issued after Wednesday’s summit of more than 50 Muslim countries, including US allies, said they held Trump’s move to be a declaration that Washington was withdrawing from its role” as sponsor of peace” in the Middle East.
Call comes as Palestinian human stabs Israeli security guard following Donald Trumps announcement about Jerusalem
Emmanuel Macron, the French chairman, has warned US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital was a” threat to peace” as he hosted the country’s “ministers “, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his first foreign trip since Donald Trump provoked widespread censure with the decision.
The joint appearance by the two men, following talks in Paris, came as tear gas was used to disperse protesters outside the US embassy in Beirut and a Palestinian human stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s central bus station in the first assault in the city since Trump’s announcement.
Palestinian media identified the assailant as 24 -year-old Yasin Abu al-Qur’a from a village near Nablus in the northern West Bank, who reportedly posted on Facebook hours earlier mentioning Jerusalem. Police described as a terrorist attack.
Trump last week declared the US would recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, violating the international consensus on one of the most sensitive issues in relations between Israel and the Palestinians – who wish the capital of a future Palestinian nation to be in the east of the city.
Macron said he had told Netanyahu that Trump’s statement on Jerusalem” is a threat to peace and we are against it” and suggested that an Israeli freeze on settlement house would be an important gesture, proving Israel was committed to peace.
In uncompromising remarks unlikely to calm the ongoing crisis, Netanyahu replied by saying that the sooner Palestinians recognised the reality that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital, the sooner there would be peace.
He also lashed out at the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying he would not” take lecturings” from someone who bombs Kurdish villages, supportings Iran and “terrorists” in Gaza.
Several rockets were fird from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Thursday and Friday following Trump’s declaration, resulting Israel to respond with airstrikes that killed two people.
Macron has been resulting European criticism of the US decision and rang Trump before his announcement to alert him of the likely damaging outcomes for the Palestinian peace process. Before Netanyahu’s visit, he and Erdogan spoke by telephone about a joint diplomatic approach to try to persuade the US to row back on Jerusalem.
He began his pre-prepared remarks alongside Netanyahu with a clear disapproval” of all forms of attacks in the last hours and days against Israel .”
Graphic footage of the incident in Jerusalem demonstrated the attacker calmly handing his coat to the security guard before abruptly plunging a large knife into the guard’s chest. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard sustained a serious meander to his upper body and the attacker was apprehended.
In Beirut, meanwhile, Lebanese security force broke up a protest outside the heavily guarded US embassy with teargas after demonstrators pelted them with stones.
Protesters, some of them waving Palestinian flags, lit flames in the street and threw objects at members of the security forces who had barricaded the main road to the embassy.
Addressing the protesters, the head of the Lebanese Communist party, Hanna Gharib, declared Washington” the enemy of Palestine” and said the embassy was ” a emblem of imperialist aggressivenes” that must be closed.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, defended Trump’s decision saying it reflected his appreciation for such facts on the ground and – without devoting details – that it would advance peace talks.
” You’ve got the parliament, the president, the cabinet of ministers, the supreme court, so why shouldn’t we have the embassy there ?” she told CBS.
” When you recognise the truth, when both parties recognise reality, peace comes. We are living in the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel .”
She said US allies in the Middle East are the most worried about Iran’s growing influence in the region, where Washington was ” in lockstep” with them.
The US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital has nevertheless infuriated the Arab world and upset western friends, who say it is a blow to peace efforts and dangers causing further unrest.
The Vatican on Sunday said Pope Francis was praying so that” leaders of nations” commit themselves to work to” forestalls a new spiraling of violence” over Jerusalem. Its statement reiterated the Vatican position on” the essential need for respecting the status quo “.
Most countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after capturing it in 1967, to be occupied territory. They say the status of the city should be left to be decided at future Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Netanyahu is on Monday due in Brussels where he will fulfill the EU foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini, and hold a working breakfast with 27 EU foreign ministers. Before he left Israel for Europe he was critical of EU leaders, who have also condemned the building of Israeli settlements in West Bank.
” While I respect Europe, I am not prepared to accept a doubled criterion from it ,” Netanyahu said on Saturday evening.” I hear voices from there condemning President Trump’s historic statement, but I have not heard condemnations of the rockets fired at Israel or the terrible incitement against it. I am not prepared to accept this hypocrisy .”
Arab League foreign ministers met for hours on Saturday to denounce the US decision as illegitimate and unlawful, but appeared to have held back from taking any new measures.
The Arab League chief, Ahmed Abul Gheit, said Trump’s decision was ” against international law and raises questions over American efforts to support peace” between Palestine and Israel.
The shift in US policy undermined Arab confidence in the Trump administration and amounted to the legalisation of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, he added.
The pastors reiterated that such a move had no legal impact and was void, adding:” it deepens tension, kindles anger and threatens to plunge region into more violence and chaos .”
The ministers agreed to” demand that the United States rescind its decision on Jerusalem … and the calling on the international community to recognise the state of Palestine … with east Jerusalem as its capital ,” said the statement.
Relocating the US embassy would derail hopes for peace by recognising Israels hostile military occupation, says Nicholas Blincoe, writer of Bethlehem: Biography of a Town
It is harder than it ought to be, explaining why recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a bad idea. The city has been Israel’s centre of government since 1948. While most countries have held off, the US Congress passed a Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, which included a line recognising the city as Israel’s capital. President Trump campaigned on a promise to implement the act, and though he has previously followed other chairwomen in signing waivers suspending it, this week “hes having” missed two deadlines, suggesting that he is strongly seduced to give it the go-ahead.
If he does, it will derail the last hope of peace, according to the Palestinian Authority, and degrade US influence in the world, as countries including Turkey have warned. These may not seem like persuasive debates. The US has willingly surrendered much of its standing; there is no peace process; and the reputation of both Turkey and the Palestinian Authority is low. But recognising Israel’s current version of Jerusalem would create enormous and new insoluble problems without addressing the real issues that beset the city.
Israel merely captured the old city and adjoining Palestinian suburbiums such as Silwan in 1967. A hastily written law was pushed through the Knesset proclaiming the territory had been annexed to Israel, and the city of Jerusalem had been “reunited”. According to the Geneva Conventions, territory acquired through war is under” hostile military occupation” in a formula that has suffered since the defeat of fascism. Successive Israeli governments have argued the terms of the conventions do not apply to Jerusalem. However, in December 2016, the UN took a election reiterating that the Palestinian territories were under hostile occupation. Israel’s attempt to pressure Trump’s transition team in the runup to the vote has now come within the scope of the Mueller investigation.
When the organisers of the 2018 Giro d’Italia declared last week that the cycle race, its opening leg in Israel, would start in” west Jerusalem”, they received a sharp reprimand from Israeli minister Miri Regev.” In Israel’s capital ,” she proclaimed,” there is no east and west .” Anyone visiting Jerusalem would speedily see how incorrect she is. The presence of both the army and border police, a militarised gendarmerie, underline that much of the city is under military control. When I was researching in the archives of St George cathedral school, the secretary said to me that frightened she was when the school buzzer reverberate because she did not know if the children would get home safely, or be picked up and beaten or arrested. Border police recruits are little more than adolescents themselves. Their behaviour, and their treatment of arrested children, was the subject of a bill presented to the US Congress last month. But it is not simply the therapy of people in Jerusalem that is the problem.
The city has twice been enlarged in the 50 years since its annexation, a decision taken each time through acts of parliament. Israel’s mutant version of Jerusalem is far larger than any historical iteration of the city. It contains Palestinian townships, villages and refugee camps, as well as Israeli settlements. The Geneva Conventions exist in parallel with human rights legislation, constructing Israel responsible for the welfare of many hundreds of thousands of people. Within these city limits, Israel is presided over by deeply deprived and lawless communities, where substance abuse is endemic and health services are poor or non-existent. These zones have no proper sewage provisions, and neither do the adjoining Jewish zones. The effluent has turned the Kidron stream into an open sewer, polluting the desert and the Dead Sea.
Jerusalem is not divided, impoverished and ungoverned because international law stimulates it so: it is a situation that flows from the territory aspirations unleashed by war. Successive Israeli governments have been unable to cope with problems they have created, and lacked the political will to make a peace that will see Palestinians controlling their own lives. Rather than honestly own the situation, Israel’s leaders have tried to muddy the legal framework that defines the state of the city.
We live in a climate where international law is under threat. Human rights are attacked as a UN-sponsored industry that enriches the pervert and lazy, while tying the hands of dynamic wealth inventors. Serial attempts to degrade the international order have constructed Israeli politicians the darlings of the political right, and won over businessmen who despise legal restraints.
Trump is a animal of the right and a friend of toxic financiers. One can see why he would argue for appeasement, and legitimise Israel’s acquisitions. But it would be a sordid retreat into chaos and assassination that would fuel the political and moral misfortune in a city beloved by the world.
* Nicholas Blincoe is the author of Bethlehem: Biography of a Town( Nation Books ).
Decision, intended as part of compensation for demolition of illegal Amona outpost, does not promoting the development of agreement, White House said in tepid statement
Israels government has approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, causing the first serious exam for Donald Trumps brand-new foray into Middle East peacemaking.
The White House pointedly eschewed any specific denunciation of the proclamation, although it said that further settlement activity does not promoting the development of agreement and that it expects Israel to show restraint moving forward.
Still, the relatively tepid answer was a far cry from the automatic denunciations voiced by the Obamas administration in reaction to Israeli settlement notices.
The White House statement even travelled so far as to welcome what appears to be a limited Israeli is committed to take Trumps concerns about colonizations into consideration, without any guarantees to avoid same announcements.
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahus office announced government decisions late Thursday following a fit of his policymaking insurance cabinet.
Netanyahu has vowed to build a brand-new colonization to balance the residents of Amona, an illegal pioneer outpost that was demolished in February under the orders of Israels state supreme court. Thursdays announcement said the brand-new colonization would be set up near the existing settlement of Shilo. It also said the government had approved tenders to improve 2,000 brand-new accommodations from previously approved colonization projects.
The Palestinians claim the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, regions captured by Israel in 1967, as parts of a future state. In December, weeks before Trump was dedicated, Barack Obama earmarked the UN security council to pass a resolution that proclaimed all settlements in both areas to be illegal. Trump condemned the decision at the time.
On the campaign trail, Trump indicated he would be much more likable to villages than Obama and the international community, which consider Israeli construction on occupied tract to be illegal. His stage constituted no mention of an independent Palestinian commonwealth, and his inner circle includes strong those in favour of the settlement movement.
But since taking office, Trump has appeared to change his position, telling an Israeli newspaper last-place month that colonizations may not be helpful and telling Netanyahu at the White House that he would like to see some imprisonment. Since then, Israel and the US have been in talks over what kind of interpretation the White House would tolerate.
A White House official sought to play down Thursdays Israeli announcement, responding Netanyahu constituted his promise to the Amona settlers before Trump laid out his vision. But the official, who agreed to discuss the matter on condition of obscurity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about it, signaled that the White House would take a tougher line down the road.
As the administration has made clear: while the existence of colonizations is not in itself an impediment to agreement, further unchecked settlement activity does not promoting the development of agreement, the official alleged. The Israeli government has made clear that moves forward, its purport is to adopt a programme seeing settlement activity that takes the presidents regards into consideration. The United States greets this.
White House emissary Jason Greenblatt has already constituted two visits to the region, including attending an Arab summit in Jordan this week. In the expectations of replacing peace talks for the first time since 2014, the official said here White House will continue to work with all sides to create a climate that is conducive to peace.
We hope that the parties will take reasonable actions moving forward that create a climate that is conducive to agreement, he said.
Over 600,000 Israelis now live in colonizations in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. But Israel has not constructed a full-fledged brand-new colonization since the 1990 s. Instead, interpretation during that point has expanded existing settlements or has just taken place in illegal outposts like Amona. Netanyahus hard-line government, which is dominated by pioneer allies, recently passed legislation aimed at decriminalize dozens of those outposts.
The Palestinians and the international community consider the settlements obstacles to agreement because they gobble up territory where the Palestinians seek to establish their state.
Israel speaks the situation of women colonizations as well as other issues, such as insurance, should be resolved in peace talks.
Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi condemned the brand-new colonization admiration and called for international intervention.
Todays announcement once again substantiates that Israel is more committed to conciliating its illegal pioneer person than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a exactly agreement, she alleged. It is time that all members of the international community help the cause of peace and justice and create Israel to put an end to and desist its unlawful settlement activities and illegal unilateralism once and for all.