The President of the United States of America Mr. Donald Trump was left with disappointment as his declaration that Jerusalem is the new capital of Israel was defeated in the United Nations General Assembly.
A resolution calling on the United States to rescind its declaration that Jerusalem is the new capital of Israel. The resolution was overwhelmingly supported by the nations who voted for it, despite Mr. Trump having issued last-minute warnings that included cutting off foreign aid for those countries which voted for the resolution calling on the US to backtrack on its outrageous decision which undid years of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
The resolution was approved by 128 states, while 35 abstained. Nine others voted against the resolution. The resolution was even backed by some of the major allies of America which include the UK, France, Germany and Japan.
The resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly are non-binding. However, they carry a lot of political weight. The support that this resolution received shows how much Trump is in political isolation from the international community. The departure from a 50-year international consensus on the status of Jerusalem has ostensibly unsettled and rattled the international community. America's diplomatic isolation is gradually gaining traction.
Israel's perennial conflict with Palestine is the root cause of all these problems. In 1967, Israel annexed the eastern section of Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war. Ever since, Israel has regarded Jerusalem as its "eternal and undivided" capital. This is despite the fact that this is the section of the city which the Palestinians consider as the capital of their future state.
Internationally, Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised. All countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. This move is an open defiance on the hegemony that the US controls over the world.
With this, the US issued a stern warning to the consequences that would befall those who did not support its cause in this regard. In a speech before the vote, US permanent representative Nikki Haley stressed that the US decision did not prejudge any final status issues, and did not preclude a two-state solution if the parties agreed to that.
"The United States will remember this day, on which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," she said.
"America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do. And it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that."
These threats clearly show how the United States wields a lot of power in the world and how they want to turn this to obtain the outcome they want despite international disapproval. It is interesting to see how the US will respond to all of this.