Erdogan Slams Trump Ahead of UN Vote: 'You Cannot Buy Turkey's Democratic Will With Your Dollars'

Erdogan says he hopes and expects the world to give 'a good lesson' to the United States

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, December 20, 2017.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, December 20, 2017.Credit: ADEM ALTAN/Bloomberg
Noa Landau

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, hours before the United Nations General Assembly vote rejecting U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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"Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey's democratic will with your dollars", Erdogan said after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut aid to countries that support a draft UN resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"I hope and expect the United States won't get the result it expects from there (the United Nations) and the world will give a very good lesson to the United States," Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday sharply criticized the UN General Assembly's planned vote, which seeks to reject U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and called it "a house of lies."

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said ahead of the UN vote that "The Palestinians are choosing again to hide behind speeches and not to take any steps on negotiations. The attempt to transfer initiatives aimed at denying history are irrelevant. Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people and the state of Israel and we don't need approval from anyone."

Over the past several hours, Israel has attempted to convince a few dozen countries to at least abstain or absent themselves from the vote, even if they do not vote against it. Israel has also asked that at the very least for these countries not to speak at the session. The Israeli efforts have been coordinated with the United States.

On Wednesday evening, the Israeli Foreign Ministry sent a cable to Israeli missions around the world providing further instructions, asking them to turn to the Jewish organizations in their countries and ask them to apply pressure on their local governments on the vote.

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