New Zealand has voted at the United Nations against the United States’ move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly rejected the Trump administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem, which was repeatedly criticised as undermining the prospects for peace.
Until now, US policy has been to avoid declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, as the Palestinians also claim it.
Despite blunt warnings of US funding cuts, 128 countries voted in favour of the nonbinding resolution and only nine voted against it.
Another 35 countries abstained including Australia and Canada.
Earlier this week Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signalled the country would stand against the US . She has previously said the move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital threatened peace.
Today Washington lashed out, saying the United States would remember the day it was singled out for exercising its right as a sovereign nation.
“We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the UN, and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” said Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN.
Ardern this morning told Tim Dower on Newstalk ZB said New Zealand had always held the same position and added that it would be premature to vote otherwise until there had been a peaceful resolution…
Here’s what Israel Institute of NZ director David Cumin told Radio NZ about the NZ vote: http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018627326 .
And here’s what the World Jewish Congress had to say about the vote generally: http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/wjc-laments-un-resolution-jerusalem-is-the-indisputable-capital-of-israel-and-us-has-every-right-to-recognize-it-as-such-12-4-2017.