The 193-member United Nations General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states on U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking a warning from Washington that it will “take names.”
The Palestinians called for the meeting after the US vetoed the Security Council resolution, which affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem were “null and void and must be rescinded”, and urged all states to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the holy city”.
Unfortunately, the United Kingdom supported the anti-Israel resolution on Monday, and it is likely that our government will do the same on Thursday.
Despite the historic fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the Jewish people, its status as such has never officially been recognised by the international community.
Speaking about the vote, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned member states that, “the president and the US take this vote personally”.
“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue,” she wrote, according to journalists who were shown the letter.
“The president’s announcement does not affect final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem,” she added. “The president also made sure to support the status quo of Jerusalem’s holy sites.”
Christians United for Israel fully supports President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We have long campaigned that the US does so, and we will pressure the UK government to do the same. We are praying that nations, including the UK, will take a stand for Israel at the UN General Assembly tomorrow.