Usa almost alone
Usa almost alone

Special session of the General Assembly to vote on the Jerusalem resolution. Image: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

With an overwhelming majority, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution condemning the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by the USA

U.S. President Donald Trump failed grandly at the United Nations when the White House threatened to cut off funding to all states that agreed to a resolution on Jerusalem at the General Assembly. Trump naively amed that his move to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was confirmed with American power. Now the U.S. government can see the threat as a test of how much power the U.S. can still wield, or rather, how much power it has. how isolated it has become under Trump.

As far as Israel is concerned, the U.S. has always been the guarantor of decisions in the UN Security Council. Here, too, the USA has often stood alone. With its veto power, the U.S. prevented a critical resolution in the Security Council, introduced by Egypt, which also called on states to maintain diplomatic missions in the "Holy City" (U.S. vetoes Jerusalem resolution in UN Security Council). In the General Assembly, on the other hand, the U.S. has no veto power, but here the resolution is not binding either, d.h. factually inconsequential, but nevertheless a symbolic sign.

The resolution adopted today in an emergency session called by Yemen and Turkey after the veto, was about regretting the recent decisions on the status of Jerusalem and calling on everyone to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions on the status of Jerusalem. All settlements in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and a violation of international law. A change in status was only recognized if Israel and the Palestinians agreed to do so through joint and direct talks.

128 states voted in favor of the resolution, which endorsed Trump’s decision without mentioning him. Besides the USA, Israel, four Pacific island states (Palau, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru), Guatemala and Honduras voted against. That’s just an extremely shrunken "Coalition of the willing", that backs Trump and Israeli government. In addition, there were 35 states that presumably did not want to completely mess with Trump America, 21 states were conspicuous by their absence (z.B. Zambia, Turkmenistan, San Marino, Mongolia, El Salvador or Myanmar).

Strikingly, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Australia abstained, as did the Philippines, plus a number of smaller countries and African states such as Rwanda, Cameroon, Sudsudan and Uganda. In Europe, although no states have dared to show themselves entirely vassals of the U.S., the vote also reveals fault lines in the EU and a continuation of the "new Europe", which already went with the USA into the illegal Iraq war: Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Latvia, and the United States. But cracks are beginning to show: Bulgaria, Estonia and Lithuania voted in favor of the resolution.

The American UN ambassador Nikki Haley took offense and threatened again. Ultimately, it declared, the U.S. was given such rough contributions to the UN to enforce its own interests. And if one does this, one also expects that the "Good will recognized and respected" so they will all vote the way the U.S. wants them to vote. The decision will not change, but the U.S. government, which only did what the American people wanted – who admittedly were not consulted – will remember this day, said Haley, who did not exactly set a monument for herself:

"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. But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN. And this vote will be remembered."

In Richtung alternative Fakten weist eine Mitteilung der US-Botschaft an der UN, die an Journalisten versendet wurde. Here, the 21 states that did not vote and the 35 abstentions are pointed out. This was an important share of the 193 member states: "While the resolution passed, the vote breakdown tells a different story. It’s clear that many countries prioritized their relationship with the United States over an unproductive attempt to isolate us for a decision that was our sovereign right to make."