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WATCH: UN resoundingly votes against Trump on Jerusalem

US threats failed to persuade nations

Friday, 22nd December 2017

Donald Trump.
The UN General Assembly has decisively backed a resolution effectively calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The non-binding resolution was approved by 128 states, with 35 abstaining and nine others voting against.

Although largely symbolic, the vote in emergency session of the world body had been the focus of days of furious diplomacy by both the Trump administration and Israel, including President Trump’s threat to cut US funding to countries that did not back the US recognition.

The text says that any decisions regarding the status of the city are "null and void" and must be cancelled.