The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations delivered a stinging rebuke to the United States Thursday, denouncing its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ignoring President Trump’s bombastic threats of revenge. Ambassadors of the 193-member General Assembly voted 128-9, with 35 abstentions, to approve a nonbinding resolution demanding that the United States rescind the Dec. 6 decision on Jerusalem. Diplomats brushed aside what appeared to be a hastily organized pressure campaign by the White House, including last-minute threats by President Trump to cut off aid to countries voting for the resolution. “We will not be threatened,” Malki, one of several diplomats who spoke before the vote, told the General Assembly at an emergency meeting. He said the United States had insisted on “ignoring the dangerous repercussions of its decision.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.