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18th of January 2018

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Nikki Haley: U.S. ‘taking names’ on U.N. vote on Israel embassy move

U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley warned Tuesday that the U.S. will be “taking names” when the U.N. General Assembly votes on a resolution calling on the Trump administration to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its plan to move the U.S. embassy there.

Ms. Haley said on Twitter that the U.S. is continually asked at the U.N. to “do more & give more” for other countries.

“So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us,” she tweeted. “On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”

The U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution Monday for the first time in six years when Ms. Haley voted against a resolution that would have blocked recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us,” Ms. Haley said after the vote Monday. “It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”

She added, “What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten. It’s one more example of the @UN doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The U.N. General Assembly vote would not require the U.S. to take any action.

President Trump announced earlier this month that the U.S. will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, likely within three or four years. He said the decision was a recognition of reality that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital.

Palestinians, who want Jerusalem to become their capital as part of any two-state solution, have reacted angrily and violently to the announcement.

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