Nikki Haley Warns Nations Ahead of UN Vote

US 'will be taking names' of those who criticize American decision on Jerusalem
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Ahead of UN Vote on Israel, US Warns It Is 'Taking Names'
In this Dec. 18 photo, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, right, vetoes a Security Council resolution criticizing the US decision on Israel.   (Eskinder Debebe/United Nations via AP)

Consider it a not-so-veiled threat. The UN General Assembly votes Thursday on whether to reject President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and US Ambassador Nikki Haley is warning that the US will be paying very close attention. "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," she tweeted. "On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names." In a letter circulated to other countries, Haley reiterates the point, reports the Guardian. "As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the president and the US take this vote personally," she writes, adding that she'll be reporting back to Trump on the nay votes.

It's unclear whether the US pressure will work. When the Security Council voted on a similar measure Monday, the other 14 members of the council voted against the US. However, because the US has veto power on the council, the measure failed anyway. No such vetoes are in play during the General Assembly vote, which is being held at the request of Arab and Muslim states, reports the BBC. A draft of the non-binding resolution asks the General Assembly to declare the American move "null and void," and Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour predicts victory: "The General Assembly will say, without the fear of the veto, that the international community is refusing to accept the unilateral position of the United States." (More Nikki Haley stories.)

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