On Thursday, the U.N. General Assembly approved, with an overwhelming majority, the resolution condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Nov. 6. The proposal presented by Turkey and Yemen was approved with 128 votes in favor and nine opposed, its text similar to the version rejected a few days ago in the Security Council due to the U.S.’s veto, asserting that all states must comply with the previous resolutions of the Security Council and that the final status of Jerusalem can only be decided through negotiations.
Nonetheless, the recent threats from Trump and his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, against U.N. member countries have produced some results. In addition to the U.S. and Israel, seven other countries voted against the resolution: Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. The major E.U. countries—Italy, France, Britain, Germany and Spain—all voted for it. Some of the 35 countries who abstained were Australia, Canada, Argentina, Poland, Romania, the Philippines and Colombia.
Looking beyond the vote, a fundamental split was in full view yesterday at the U.N. headquarters between a world that, even with some wavering and hypocrisy, continues to respect international law, and another world, embodied by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government, which believes in a policy of fait accompli, of acts of force and unilateral steps.