Haley Made One Last Threat Aimed at the Entire UN Just Before the Jerusalem Vote
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley warned the UN that US funding was at risk if its backs a measure to condemn President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was sought out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley told member nations ahead of their vote.
“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the UN and we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she added.
Her comments came two days day after she served notice the US “will be taking names” on the nonbinding resolution criticizing Trump’s decision.
The draft resolution was sent to the General Assembly after it was vetoed by the US at the Security Council on Monday, although all other 14 council members voted in favor.
“The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the UN. We’ll be honest with you — when we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognize and respected,” Haley said Thursday.
“When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected,” she continued. “What’s more, that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected. In the case of the US, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege.”
Haley also emphasized that the UN will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in any case.
“No vote in the UN will make any difference on that,” she said sternly.
Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital unleashed protests across Israel and the Muslim world, and prompted appeals to the UN.