Trump's decision on Jerusalem "dangerous & insulting", Palestinian Christian leaders say

Torossian and VP Mike Pence

Torossian and VP Mike Pence

She added, "This historic reduction in spending, in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable United Nations is a big step in the right direction".

This move comes after US president Donald Trump threatened to cut aid from countries that voted against the United States' decision regarding Jerusalem in the Security Council on December 18 and the General Assembly on December 21.

President Donald Trump did the right thing in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, said Dershowitz, as it "struck the balance that President [Barack] Obama had undone when he changed the status quo at the end of his presidency by declaring the Western Wall, the Jewish quarter".

The US decision has triggered a series of protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and around the world.

The final tally was 128-9, with 35 nations abstaining, including five members of the European Union.

The countries that voted against the resolution were the U.S., Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo and Palau.

USA had warned of tax cuts and before the vote began, reiterated their status once more.

"While we are pleased with the results of this year's budget negotiations, you can be sure we will continue to look at ways to increase the UN's efficiency‎ while protecting our interests", said Ambassador Haley.

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Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA), in a statement here December 22 described the resolution as a moral victory of Palestinian people and a setback to the American imperialism and hegemony in the world. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that.

Among the 128 countries that voted yes for the resolution (opposing the U.S. recognition) were: New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

She also put up a list on Twitter, thanking countries who didn't defy the U.S. decision.

When contacted on whether the US would stop providing financial aid to Nigeria for not supporting its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a US Department of State official, Julia Mason, said, "As President Trump said on December 20, it is a factor in the process of making our assistance decisions".

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (l.) shakes hands Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint press conference in Jerusalem.


"But this isn't like it used to be where they could vote against you (the US) and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars. We don't care", he added.

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump was quoted by the UK's The Guardian newspaper as saying, "Let them (Nigeria and other countries benefitting from the United States financial aids) vote against us".

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