Just a few hours before the UN General Assembly vote against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Jerusalem will remain Israel’s capital “regardless of whether the UN recognizes it or not.” Netanyahu then called the UN a “house of lies.”
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Thursday that “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel regardless of whether the UN recognizes it or not.” Netanyahu’s statement came just a few hours before the UN General Assembly vote on the motion demanding that US President Donald Trump rescind his Jerusalem declaration.
“It took 70 years until the United States officially recognized this and it will take more years until the United Nations recognizes this as well,” he said. Netanyahu explained that many states change their attitude toward Israel “outside of the United Nations’ walls” and that eventually, their real feelings toward Israel will “also seep through the walls of the United Nations- the house of lies.”
“The State of Israel rejects this vote out of hand even before it was approved,” he added. “Jerusalem is our capital. We will continue to build there and the embassies of states, the first being the United States, will move to Jerusalem. It will happen.”
At 10:00 AM (local time), the UN member-states in New York will vote on the motion. Earlier this week, the US blocked a similar UN Security Council resolution by using its veto power. “What we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said after the vote.
“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us,” she added. “It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”
Ahead of today’s UN General Assembly vote, Haley took to Twitter and Facebook to warn the member-states against voting in favor of the motion. “At the UN, we’re constantly asked to do more and give more — in the past we have. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people, about where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us,” she wrote. “On Thursday, there will be a vote at the UN criticizing our choice. And yes, the US will be taking names.”