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Statement on UN Vote Against the U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

Washington D.C. (December 22, 2017) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition condemned the vote in the UN General Assembly yesterday on a non-binding resolution declaring “null and void” the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move our embassy there.

RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman said:

The vote yesterday was an embarrassment -- not for the United States, but for the UN and the nations that supported the resolution.

Although the United Nations continues to be a platform for anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, it is worth noting how many states chose not be part of yesterday’s attack on Israel and the United States. Instead of the 150-plus votes the resolution’s backers expected, they got only 128, with 35 abstentions and 21 states not voting at all. Support for the UN’s hate-filled anti-Israel agenda is waning.

Amb. Nikki Haley has made it very clear that the U.S. approach to the UN is no longer “business as usual” but rather “taking names.” There is no free ride anymore for those who choose to attack Israel and the United States at the UN. We applaud President Trump and Amb. Haley for taking a strong, principled stand at the UN.