On Tuesday, the US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, sent a warning letter to the member states, saying the US president will take the voting choices on his landmark Jerusalem decision “personally.”
“The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us,” Haley stated in the letter.
Haley voiced a similarly non-subtle warning on Twitter earlier: “We don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us,” she stated, threatening that the US “will be taking names” of those “criticizing” Trump’s Jerusalem decision during Thursday’s vote.
The unanimous support for the resolution in the UN Security Council was an “insult” for the US, Haley said after vetoing the resolution. It “won’t be forgotten,” she added. The US was the only state of the 15-member council to oppose the resolution.
“It’s one more example of the UN doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Haley claimed.
Trump’s Jerusalem move, however, has already drawn criticism from a host of countries which said the declaration itself was destructive to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Two days after the US decision, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet US Vice President Mike Pence, stating Palestine will seek a new mediator for the conflict.
The leaders of Muslim countries, who gathered for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in mid-December in Istanbul, stated that the US decision effectively voided its status as a mediator in the decades-old conflict, and called for world-wide recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.