Israel Rejects 'Preposterous' UN Decision on Jerusalem, Thanks Trump for Unequivocal Support

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a conference at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a conference at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Thursday, December 7, 2017.Credit: Sebastien Scheiner/AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution," responding minutes after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution that rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

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In a major diplomatic blow to Israel and Trump, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution rejecting the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with 128 member states voting in favor of the resolution and a mere nine voting against it.

"Jerusalem is our capital, always was and always will be. But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theater of the absurd," Netanyahu charged in a live Facebook video.

Israeli officials noted that some of those countries are those Netnayahu had visited. Israel also thanked Trump for his unequivocal stance on Jerusalem. Israel also thanked those who voted together with Israel and "for truth."

In should be noted, that among the countries that voted in favor of the resolution are India, Russia and China, all countries Netanyahu has touted as allies recently.

Here's how the countries that Netanyahu visited voted at the UN on a resolution rejecting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem Credit: Haaretz

Netanyahu went on to add: "So I appreciate that and especially I want to again express our thanks to President Trump and Ambassador Haley for their stalwart defense of Israel and their stalwart defense of the truth."

Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan spoke out against the UN's decision to ignore Israeli and American warnings not to pass the resolution. "Our answer to the campaign by Abu Mazen [nickname for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] and his supporters in the UN against Israel and the U.S. will be a strengthening of the sovereignty and security in all parts of Jerusalem and construction there."

"The Palestinians threaten, the nations vote, and we will build and strengthen," he promised.

"The historic connection of the people of Israel to Jerusalem is stronger than any decision by the scared nations that are not willing to admit the truth- Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the Jewish people. While the U.S. acknowledges this simple truth, the UN chooses again to support a lie and ignore the reality that has been in place for 70 years."

Leader of Israeli Labor Party Avi Gabbay also reacted, saying: "Jerusalem is our capital before the decision and after it. I recommend that the UN deal with subjects it has the power to change for the better." 

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