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Defying Trump, 128 countries at U.N. condemn Jerusalem decision

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By Michelle Nichols

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Trump is an idiot, and if he wants to take on the world here to appease the Israel lobby in the US, he got what he deserved in this UN vote.

I hope he learns to shut up!

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Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Nauru and Togo joined the United States

ROFL. Nice "coalition of allies" there America.

Meanwhile, Russia, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, China and the rest of the world stand together as the International Community against you.

35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote.

Oh I get it, 35 countries abstained but casted a vote while 21 countries didn't cast a vote but refused to abstain.

Err.. uhmm .. yeah, that must be it.

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We do not need the UNs approval. We fund the UN

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Doubling down on stupid, Nikki Haley just threatened the assembled nations of the world again: "The United states will remember this day.”

Even more hilarious, Israel's UN ambassador Danny Danon, who's currently under investigation for corruption, just accused the world of being "puppets pulled by Palestinian masters". Yeah, like the Palestinian people are so powerful that they run the world. No, the reason most of the world supports the Palestinians is that their cause is just, and your cause -- the continued theft of Palestinian land and the subjugation of the Palestinian people -- isn't.

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"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, told the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday's vote.

why was it an "attack"?.... the UN isn't a clearing house for US foreign policy....

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Israel should know their place in this world! And especially don't use the Holocaust and other sensitive issues as an excuse to push through nationalistic reforms and seek the compassion of other nations (USA, etc), only to abuse it for their own good!

Invasions after invasions of arabic countries, and the occupation of Gaza serves as a proof of Israels abuse of power. All in all, Israel has always been a part of the Arabic sphere of influence. Acknowledge it Israel, instead of denying the inevitable.

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Common sense for some atleast prevailed. Looking forward to the anti semitic rants against the entire globe. I didn't know I'd live long enough to see nations stand up to the great bullies.

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AND we are moving our embassy anywhere we want, you had your say, we took your names, now we do what we want as usual

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I was surprised Japan voted in favor of the resolution. I did not think Abe would allow that.

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Trump “Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

Finally a President with guts.

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"The United States will remember this day blah blah blah"

Uncle Sam vs The World...

USA and North Korea are not so different after all.

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Trump is an idiot

Maybe not. If he's thinking of a second term, only the reaction of his potential supporters matters. And judging by some comments above, it will fire many of them up. When your popularity is going down, there's nothing like pointing the finger at ungrateful foreigners to stop the rot. (OK. Perhaps I've had too much mulled wine.)

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What Japan and S Korea expressing?

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Toshiko -

What Japan and S Korea expressing?

Oil.

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Well done, UN. They are showing us just how much Trump is isolating America. We perform at a much higher level when we work with our allies instead of insulting them. That will be lost on Trump and his fans so expect our foreign policy to be hobbled for a bit.

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That will be lost on Trump and his fans so expect our foreign policy to be hobbled for a bit.

the economic data and stock markets say different, you can have your moral victory

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@Dango Bong

We do not need the UNs approval. We fund the UN

Who are "we"?

AND we are moving our embassy anywhere we want, you had your say, we took your names, now we do what we want as usual

No, I think "we" won't do whatever "we" want. There are laws in place to stop rogue nations.

This a heartwarming move and shows solidarity against the increasingly dangerous and selfish US and Israel coalition. Well doneto the UK and the rest of the states for standing up to bullying.

Nikki Haley's comments were quite amusing. I almost expected her to say "this day will live in infamy"...

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"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, told the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday's vote.

And we'll remember that you, Trump, and the Republicans squandered one of the biggest bargaining chips in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process just to please a wealthy donor. It's just bad deal-making plain and simple.

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haley is also taking names of countried that vote for the condemnation. i guess she's gonna need a lot of paper...

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Among the countries that abstained on Thursday were Australia, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan.

I'm disappointed that Canada and Australia abstained, though I guess as particularly close trading partners with the US they probably didn't want to risk the backlash.

Still it reminds me of that old saying about evil only needing people to be bystanders for evil to flourish.

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Trump has squandered peoples lives.

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Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Nauru and Togo joined the United States and Israel in voting no.

they were threatened into it. America officially said it would write dawn the names of all who didn't vote for israel. aid will stop. also, america said that as the biggest funder of the UN, it has to do what america says.

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What exactly does condemnation by the UN actually mean in practice? I doubt too much of the general populace cares about condemnations against their country. I think that's all that matters for populists like Trump

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@dango Finally a President with guts.

I can understand why those in the defense industries support Trump’s ramping up hostilities worldwide. Job security's important to all of us.

But I think if Ol’ Bonespurs really had guts, really had the courage of his convictions, he’d release his tax info to show which defense industries he’s invested in and also which uranium mining companies he’s invested in. Many non-Trumpuppets want to know if while the president is expanding the military and increasing weapon sales to other predatory states, and while he’s also expanding America’s nuclear arsenal, he and his family are getting even richer. 

That would take guts.

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Well Trump is going to have to eat his hat now. The twitter twat is just full of hot air. He isn't going to do jack.

Even more hilarious, Israel's UN ambassador Danny Danon, who's currently under investigation for corruption, just accused the world of being "puppets pulled by Palestinian masters". Yeah, like the Palestinian people are so powerful that they run the world. No, the reason most of the world supports the Palestinians is that their cause is just, and your cause -- the continued theft of Palestinian land and the subjugation of the Palestinian people -- isn't.

Excellent quote joe!

Well done, UN. They are showing us just how much Trump is isolating America. We perform at a much higher level when we work with our allies instead of insulting them. That will be lost on Trump and his fans so expect our foreign policy to be hobbled for a bit.

Well said lib!

This a heartwarming move and shows solidarity against the increasingly dangerous and selfish US and Israel coalition. Well doneto the UK and the rest of the states for standing up to bullying.

Nikki Haley's comments were quite amusing. I almost expected her to say "this day will live in infamy"...

LOL! Nikki Haley is an opportunist IDIOT who like Condoleeza Rice and Victoria Nuland will realize that being more right wing isn't going to win you friends and isn't going to get you the presidency.

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I'm disappointed that Canada and Australia abstained, though I guess as particularly close trading partners with the US they probably didn't want to risk the backlash.

Just heard on the BBC News that they were intending to vote against the resolution but were so angered by Trump's gangsterish bully-boy tactics that they felt they could not support him.

it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation

As a sovereign nation, the US certainly has the right to mess up as it sees fit. And as sovereign nations, the rest of the world has the right to point out that the US messed up.

Note that said sovereign nations of the world go about it the right way, with a proper resolution in the UN proposed and passed in line with internationally-accepted protocol. Not raving 3am illiterate twitter rants.

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I support any presidents actions that splits the US from the UN. It is a corrupt anti-democratic institution dominated by third world dictators and Islamic supremacists. The US should withdraw from the UN and support only nations that are democracies. Let the Russians and Chinese fund the worlds dictators.

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Doubling down on stupid, Nikki Haley just threatened the assembled nations of the world again: "The United states will remember this day.”

I would vote for Haley if she ran for the Presidency, got my vote. Daaaaamn! Slam Dunk!

Give ‘em hell, Haley!

Even more hilarious, Israel's UN ambassador Danny Danon, who's currently under investigation for corruption,

Here we go.....

just accused the world of being "puppets pulled by Palestinian masters".

He might be on to something....

Yeah, like the Palestinian people are so powerful that they run the world.

No, but they are backed by other terrorist groups as well as Iran and Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah and even possible Venezuela that’s a lot of backed up power.

No, the reason most of the world supports the Palestinians is that their cause is just, and your cause -- the continued theft of Palestinian land and the subjugation of the Palestinian people -- isn't.

Ok, so it’s ok that Hamas will never recognize the Jewish State or the Israeli people as long as they occupy that land? So in other words for there to be lasting peace, the Israelis have to leave their land, so you’d be ok with that? If so, the Palestinians will Never have peace or even the prospects of having a Palestinian state.

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just accused the world of being "puppets pulled by Palestinian masters".

@bass He might be on to something....

Are you supporting a conspiracy theory that's in direct opposition to the conspiracy theory believed by those who say it's the 'global cabal of hegemons' who are the puppet masters?

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So in other words for there to be lasting peace, the Israelis have to leave their land, so you’d be ok with that? If so, the Palestinians will Never have peace or even the prospects of having a Palestinian state.

The only way there will ever be lasting peace is through a two-state solution. That's really the only way this will ever end. Giving away Jerusalem without any concessions from Israel doesn't move you closer to that goal, it moves you farther. There's just no reasonable way you can say this was a good decision if your end goal is peace.

But the inside word is that Trump's only goal seemed to be quieting an impatient Sheldon Adelson who donated $25 million to the Trump campaign.

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I'm disappointed that Canada and Australia abstained, though I guess as particularly close trading partners with the US they probably didn't want to risk the backlash.

Agree with the first part of your sentence but I think there wasn't 'that' much at risk tbh and certainly no major diplomatic row with the us. I mean they abstained from joining a majority of countries including other very close/important us partners! Key allies such as Britain, Ukraine, China, France, Germany etc voted for and so did many smaller nations who also could do with more us support.

Am especially disappointed with oz I have to say. When will aussie leaders grow a backbone and stop being america's lapdog?

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it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation

Typical US logic. "We exercised our right as a sovereign nation. How dare those other nations exercise their rights as sovereign nations!"

Disgusting hypocrisy.

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Are you supporting a conspiracy theory that's in direct opposition to the conspiracy theory believed by those who say it's the 'global cabal of hegemons' who are the puppet masters?

There’s a conspiracy theory?

The only way there will ever be lasting peace is through a two-state solution. That's really the only way this will ever end. Giving away Jerusalem without any concessions from Israel doesn't move you closer to that goal, it moves you farther.

The last 3 Presidents belived and knew that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem and they promised to relocate the US embassy there. So you’re saying it was good for the last 3 Presidents to lie and go back on their words? That’s ok, but Trump keeping his promise is outrageous supposedly?

There's just no reasonable way you can say this was a good decision if your end goal is peace.

There won’t be a step in peace as long as the Palestinians or particularly Hamas refuse to recognize the Jewish State.

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Australia is an interesting one. I remember reading a Trump poster here telling us that Trump throwing a hissy fit and slamming the phone down on the Australian PM was no big deal - grown ups can move on from this. Differences of opinion are natural and statesmen can recognize this.

As to this difference of opinion, Trump pulled his smacked arse face and said he’d be taking names.

More a difficult child throwing his potty than Don Corleone for me.

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The last 3 Presidents belived and knew that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem and they promised to relocate the US embassy there. So you’re saying it was good for the last 3 Presidents to lie and go back on their words? That’s ok, but Trump keeping his promise is outrageous supposedly?

No, I'm saying giving it away without concessions is stupid. There's nothing wrong with keeping the promise, but a good deal-maker would have got something out of it. Something that gets us closer to peace...

There won’t be a step in peace as long as the Palestinians or particularly Hamas refuse to recognize the Jewish State.

And the Palestinians will say there won't be peace until Israel stops settling in their territories. You see how both sides have arguments? That's why bargaining chips like Jerusalem are useful. It's called compromise. It's not easy, but favoring one side certainly doesn't help the situation.

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Let's see what these numbers add up to -

193 voting U.N. member nations

128 in favor

9 against

35 abstained

21 did not vote

65 + 128 = 193 nations

By a 2 to 1 margin, a non-binding resolution was passed by the ineffective U.N. General Assembly. Officially, nothing has changed. Carry on.

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We do not need the UNs approval. We fund the UN well then the US can just leave the UN and have all the important world decisions decided by others. US thinks it can just do whatever it pleases, meanwhile Russia now controls Crimea & Syria and China the "sth China sea" see the US cant have its own way even if it thinks it can.

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Hahahaha, slam dunk on Trump, no one cares what you think or say anymore America and as the leaders there say they don't care what anyone else thinks, they can just hobble off back to their stupid infighting at home. Don't forget to close the curtains please because the world has had enough of you.

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actually 44 countries cared. But dont let facts get in the way of anything.

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Kniknaknokkaer - Hahahaha, slam dunk on Trump, no one cares what you think or say anymore America.....

It seems that you care, or you wouldn't be discussing it here. And 65 member nations did not support the anti-Semitic resolution. Not exactly the "slam dunk" you're suggesting.

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We do not need the UNs approval. We fund the UN  well then the US can just leave the UN and have all the important world decisions decided by others.

Yeah, but they want that money, no matter what and since we are the sole super power, can can dictate the terms, all BS aside.

US thinks it can just do whatever it pleases

To a point, yes.

, meanwhile Russia now controls Crimea & Syria and China the "sth China sea" see the US cant have its own way even if it thinks it can.

Those are land grabs, we object because of our allies involved, not because it poses a direct threat to us.

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I think "America first!" is a great idea. All countries should place their interests paramount without considering those of others. BTW, I have no personal friends who will come to my aid in time of trouble.

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Are you supporting a conspiracy theory that's in direct opposition to the conspiracy theory believed by those who say it's the 'global cabal of hegemons' who are the puppet masters?

google "New World Order" or the other one.

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wtfjapan - We do not need the UNs approval. We fund the UN well then the US can just leave the UN and have all the important world decisions decided by others.

What important world decision was reached? This is just another non-binding U.N. resolution. 193 voting member nations get together to discuss their feelings, have a vote, and then head for dinner and a show. It must be difficult to sit on one's butt all day, while accomplishing little, if anything.

However, I do agree with your advice about letting China and Russia babysit all of the nations who's feelings were hurt by the U.S. choosing to move it's embassy to whichever city the U.S. wishes to move it to. China and Russia are just as fair and impartial as any other member nation. Plus, China and Russia can start paying 22% of the U.N.s budget. I think it's only fair.

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no matter what and since we are the sole super power, can can dictate the terms, all BS aside. that there is a BS line right there, Russia has just as much military might as the US also has veto power in the UN, has taken control of Syria right out of US hands, US and NETO couldnt stop the invasion of Crimea and Georgia. While the US might have financial power over Russia it clearly doesn't stopped Russia influence in world affairs. Super power would suggest it has power over all when its clear the US doesn't if anything its dwindling.

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The only way there will ever be lasting peace is through a two-state solution. That's really the only way this will ever end. 

The only problem is that the Palestinians don't want Israel to exist. They want a one state solutions - theirs. Trump is pushing back against the Palestinian one state solution and the anti-Semitic, Islamic supremacists in the UN. Jew hating is thousands of years old and it is the worst bigotry that exists in the world today. The American left is on the side of the bigots.

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Those are land grabs, we object because of our allies involved, not because it poses a direct threat to us. Syria isnt a US allie, China controls the "sth china sea" it military & financial influence is growing fast, NK is still treat and any military invasion by the US would probably include Chinese involvement like in the Korean war. See US is far from getting everthing its own way in world affairs, and actually its good that China / Russia are there to push back to bring a balance.

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The only problem is that the Palestinians don't want Israel to exist. They want a one state solutions - theirs.

The hardliners on the Palestinian side don't want Israel to exist. The hardliners on the Israeli side don't want Palestine to exist.

Trump is siding with the hardliners in Israel (i.e., Netanyahu) when he should be siding with the people on both sides that want peace.

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MrBum.

Well said.

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So, seven countries just placed an ad that their vote is for sale, no matter what the issue.

Fifty countries just announced that their governments are lead by cowards and appeasers (including my own, Canada)

And 120 did the right thing, no matter what their motives were.

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BlacklabelToday  12:20 pm JST

actually 44 countries cared. But dont let facts get in the way of anything.

Exactly 9 were bullied, I mean cared.

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Russia has just as much military might as the US also has veto power in the UN, has taken control of Syria right out of US hands, US and NETO couldnt stop the invasion of Crimea and Georgia.

That was because we had a pacifist President Who wouldn’t even help our Ukrainian allies.

While the US might have financial power over Russia it clearly doesn't stopped Russia influence in world affairs.

For 8 years that was true, but now it’s a different story.

Super power would suggest it has power over all when its clear the US doesn't if anything its dwindling.

Before you definitely could say that for 8 years without question, but not now.

The hardliners on the Palestinian side don't want Israel to exist. The hardliners on the Israeli side don't want Palestine to exist. 

True, but you got a lot more Palestinian sympathizers that are being backed anti-Semite forces like Iran that would love to push the Jewish people off that tiny stretch of lan.

Trump is siding with the hardliners in Israel (i.e., Netanyahu) when he should be siding with the people on both sides that want peace.

If the Palestinians really wanted peace, the would recognize Israel as a nation, stop using money they recieve to build rockets and fund terrorists to kill Jews, how about using the millions they received over the years to build schools, roads and a proper infrastructure.

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I support any presidents actions that splits the US from the UN. It is a corrupt anti-democratic institution dominated by third world dictators and Islamic supremacists.

Yes, those well known third world dictators and Islamic supremacists like the UK, Iceland, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland etc.

The wilful incomprehension of UN states is astounding.

The US (under Trump) has achieved what it was seeking. Isolation and at odds with the rest of the world.

Well done. America is great again.

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The US (under Trump) has achieved what it was seeking. Isolation and at odds with the rest of the world.

Well done. America is great again

I think so. Merry Christmas.

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arrestpaulToday  12:28 pm JST

Kniknaknokkaer - Hahahaha, slam dunk on Trump, no one cares what you think or say anymore America.....

It seems that you care, or you wouldn't be discussing it here. And 65 member nations did not support the anti-Semitic resolution. Not exactly the "slam dunk" you're suggesting.

I'm commenting because I want to dance around the hole Trump digs himself at any opportunity I get and yeah 128 to 9 is a slam dunk.

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I think so. Merry Christmas.

Yes, happy festivus. Isolation and achieving rogue nation status is something to celebrate.

It's official, the US does not dictate to the rest of the world. Finally, it has been put in its place.

Of course, it's the Palestinian people who suffer the most from Trump's short-sightedness but hey, who gives a damn about them, right?

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The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, told the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday's vote

Most of the world will remember Haley antagonizing it by threats so instructed by the twitter clown in the white house in an attempt to decide foreign police of sovereign nations.

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police=policy, sorry

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Russia has just as much military might as the US

haha pardon me while I wipe up the coffee that just exited my nose when I read this...

Look nobody would care if Australia or Canada did this, its proof how important the US is. We can move our embassy if we want. discussion over

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It's official, the US does not dictate to the rest of the world

Yes we do. Watch the embassy move despite the moral victory by the same countries who ask up for hand outs. Baggars

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We can move our embassy if we want. discussion over

No, you can't move your embassy wherever you like. International laws apply and the US is not above it.

The world is not yours to do with as you see fit. Plenty of tyrants and rogue nations have tried to impose their will on other nations. I think you know how that usually ends.

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Yes we do.

You do not dictate to the rest of the world.

As you have seen by the support for the UN resolution. By allies like the UK.

The US is out of step and no amount of threats and fiery rhetoric will bully the rest of the world into accepting your off kilter logic and orders.

You don't rule the world.

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No, you can't move your embassy wherever you like. International laws apply and the US is not above it.

We get it, but the point is, we promised Israel, they said, ok and the 3 previous Presidents said they would, but reneged on the promise and this President did at the blessing of Israel.

The world is not yours to do with as you see fit.

But when other countries ask for our help or when they take our money, it’s ok? We should just take it and shut up?

Plenty of tyrants and rogue nations have tried to impose their will on other nations. I think you know how that usually ends.

This is very different, we have a lot that everyone else wants.

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But when other countries ask for our help or when they take our money, it’s ok?

Like the UK? Is everyone beholden to the US, even if it does wrong?

I think not.

The UN has spoken, clearly. Take notice, or take off.

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"Defied Trump" -- please. Nice liberal-media spin, there.

The UN has no business -- no right, in fact -- trying to tell any country where to locate its embassy in any other country.

It's solely the business of the two countries concerned, and no one else.

Matters concerning the diplomatic relations between two countries are none of the UN's business. Period.

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The UN has no business -- no right, in fact -- trying to tell any country where to locate its embassy in any other country.

And yet, the US ambassador to the UN has done just that. And threatened those who don't march in line.

It's solely the business of the two countries concerned, and no one else.

Incorrect, it's the business of all concerned (the UN). People will lose their lives because of US annexing of Jerusalem for Israel.

Matters concerning the diplomatic relations between two countries are none of the UN's business. Period.

It affects more than just the US and Israel. It affects us all.

The US has disrespected the rest of the world. It will be remembered.

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Toasted Heretic- Spot on mate! Agree with you 100%

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MAGA my a.. so much for “restoring respect” for the US. Trump regime is a complete and utter failure. Worst ever

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Former CIA chief John Brennan doesn't tweet much, so when he does, attention is needed his last post:

Taking a knee during the national anthem shows respect for the flag and for all those who fought and died for it and, at the same time, concern about problems within American society that need to be addressed

His current post:

Trump Admin threat to retaliate against nations that exercise sovereign right in UN to oppose US position on Jerusalem is beyond outrageous. Shows @realDonaldTrump expects blind loyalty and subservience from everyone—qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats.

Some still understand what the flag stands for; others are eager to trample it for 401(k) gains or trumping those who should be our allies.

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Here's what Barack Obama said in 2008 -

"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided. "

Oh my...

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More to the UN votes than meet the eye. Is it true that privately some countries called Donald and said the vote was only for form and not really meant to be against him?

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The UN has spoken, clearly. Take notice, or take off

Yes, and so did Haley and the President. The Embassy will move to Jerusalem.

The US has disrespected the rest of the world. It will be remembered

And so do we.

Some still understand what the flag stands for; others are eager to trample it for 401(k) gains or trumping those who should be our allies.

Brennan is a partisan Washington establishment idiot.

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They fell right into President Trump's trap. This vote gives him the authority drastically reduce our foreign aid and defund the UN. It is a Cold War relic that needs to go the way of the League of Nations. Let them find another piggy bank to plunder.

Also, we need to send a 30-day eviction notice to the UN and boot them out of the United States of America. They have 128 countries to choose from. . . .

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Texas.

Fine, take Trump, Haley and leave already. We are tired of your constant yapping.

Just don't be surprised when other things you take for granted disappear.

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Also, we need to send a 30-day eviction notice to the UN and boot them out of the United States of America. They have 128 countries to choose from. . . .

You know things have gone crazy when the crazy ideas coming out of the crazy side, actually end up looking like a good idea.

It's starting to look like we need to quarantine the US. And if they want to isolate themselves, then that makes it even easier.

The rest of us can do things the way they should be done.

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It is a Cold War relic that needs to go the way of the League of Nations

Some have no idea of the dangers their ideas unleals

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Bass: we are the sole super power, can can dictate the terms

As much as you might personally get off on saying things like that, as a country we accomplish more by working with our allies and forming coalitions. Do what's in the best interests of our country.

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We do not need the UNs approval. We fund the UN

we are moving our embassy anywhere we want

you had your say, we took your names, now we do what we want as usual

we are the sole super power

we have a lot that everyone else wants

we need to send a 30-day eviction notice to the UN

Is this what Abraham Moses Klein meant by "xenophobia's first person plural"?

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President Trump should do the following as a precursor to getting the U.S. out of the UN:

1.) withhold all UN payments pending an extensive review -- which can be extended -- of all UN policies.

2.) make NATO countries that voted against America to maintain their defense without any U.S. subsidies;

3.) a mandatory one year wait for visas to UN diplomats and their family members from the nation's who voted against the U.S. and are attempting to enter this country.

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Stop talking, get moving.

Recall all worldwide stationed troops back to the USA(several hundred thousand).

The rest of the world will be better off sans USA.

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In the end, this whole Trump thing may be good for the world. The US retracts upon itself, pulling in all its troops. They quit the UN, and the UN moves somewhere else.

Then the grownups can work together for a better world. It's like when a coworker you hate quits and things get better.

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Seeing as Japan voted in favor of the resolution, will the uber-patriots here be relocating back to the US?

Seeing as it's so much more superior than the rest of us relic states, will they put their money where their mouth is and exit this country?

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The world-wide REJECTION of Trump grows and grows and grows!

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Lets face it. Jerusalem belongs to the Jews. Even long after UN, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc are gone, the Jews will still lay claim to that piece of land called Palestine.

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Seems odd to threaten to leave the UN since that would pretty much end America's protection of Israel there.

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In the end, this whole Trump thing may be good for the world. The US retracts upon itself, pulling in all its troops. They quit the UN, and the UN moves somewhere else.

While I understand the idea, I think it would be a terrible thing. On a global level, America's contribution to the world has been massive. On a personal level, I've worked with hundreds of people from the US over the last 40 years and from whom I've met my greatest friends. The current political upheaval we see in the States is not so different from what we are seeing in Europe and elsewhere. Trump, Brexit, Austria, Belgium, wherever. The xenophobic comments we see here are from a very small number of people. The more general fears of many people that they are disassociated from an elite ruling class is much more worrying.

So while I'm praising America, I'm also selfishly pointing my finger and asking why they can't do better to solve the mess. Come on, America! We need you.

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On a personal level, I've worked with hundreds of people from the US over the last 40 years and from whom I've met my greatest friends.

I've got some amazing American friends as well, and I've met few Americans who weren't good people.

But, we're not talking about individuals here, we're talking their government. And that is what is dangerous. If your friend has a highly contagious disease, you don't sit beside them watching TV simply because they are a good person. You quarantine them.

The US has a disease. The world will be a better place if they retreat inwards, and isolate themselves. We're already seeing this with other countries creating trade agreements that bypass the US altogether. There will definitely be a time of turmoil while the world adjusts to the lack of US presence, but we'll be in a better position when all is said and done.

So for those who say the US should leave the UN, I say 'what's the holdup?'

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Trump's actions and his acolytes, online and elsewhere are (possibly unwittingly) working overtime to ensure the isolation from the rest of the world.

It's a shame but it seems it's for the best.

The UN votes in favor of something like sanctions for the DPRK and everyone's happy. But it overwhelmingly rejects the bluster and blundering over the peace process and instantly, the threats are made.

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Standing up for Israel is not the popular move as this poorly written article states. They are doing it because its the right thing to do. A bunch of whiners had a vote that doesn't mean or affect anything.

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Point is that Trump came to power vowing to be the peacemaker in the Middle East. His first significant action to bring this about is to do something that five minutes research on the internet by an intergalactic alien would have told him would be pouring oil on troubled waters - recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Given that making peace requires both sides of the conflict to contribute, why would the Palestinians now believe anything he says?

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Trump's actions and his acolytes, online and elsewhere are (possibly unwittingly) working overtime to ensure the isolation from the rest of the world.

That will never happen. 

It's a shame but it seems it's for the best. 

To be honest, I wish that, but doesn't work like that.

The UN votes in favor of something like sanctions for the DPRK and everyone's happy. But it overwhelmingly rejects the bluster and blundering over the peace process and instantly, the threats are made.

Really? For example?

There will definitely be a time of turmoil while the world adjusts to the lack of US presence, but we'll be in a better position when all is said and done.

Oh, I would like to see that.

So for those who say the US should leave the UN, I say 'what's the holdup?'

I'm with you!

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That was because we had a pacifist President Who wouldn’t even help our Ukrainian allies. well ok the why isnt Trump going on the offensive in Ukraine and Syria, seems Russia is getting its own "Russia First" agenda done very well. Trumps is just being buddy/pals with the other 800lb Gorilla in the room he doesnt really want to pick a fight with. Im no Putin fan but thankfully there is another country that can push back when the US thinks it can take over the world.

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*So for those who say the US should leave the UN, I say 'what's the holdup?' **yeah go right ahead America and hand in your "Veto power card" to the desk cleark on the way out. The other super powers China and Russia can become the worlds policemen should America decide it want to invade another Iraq/Afghanistan/ Syria*

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Kniknaknokkaer - I'm commenting because I want to dance around the hole Trump digs himself at any opportunity I get and yeah 128 to 9 is a slam dunk.

128 nations in favor of the resolution.

65 nations not in favor of the resolution.

Plus, there was only one vote. There is no evidence that any nation actually changed their vote from something to something else. There is nothing to compare it to. News media-types, and people on the internet, are speculating, to put it kindly, that nations changed their vote, or did not vote, because of outside influence. Hold a 2nd vote and see if the numbers change.

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wtfjapan - yeah go right ahead America and hand in your "Veto power card" to the desk cleark on the way out. The other super powers China and Russia can become the worlds policemen should America decide it want to invade another Iraq/Afghanistan/ Syria

"Become the worlds policemen"? I don't think policemen is the right choice of words. China and Russia will certainly chose to extend their influence to any nation that no longer falls under the protection of the U.S.. But isn't that what these anti-U.S. U.N. members crave? They'll gladly take U.S. money and aid, but do not want U.S. influence. I'm sure China and Russia will freely dole out as much money and aid as these nations want, and it will all come with a no-strings-attached guarantee. insert rolleyes-smiley here

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Heh, basically your post is saying - we pay, so whatever we say is right.

Then you guys question why the UN is ineffective. Take a look in the mirror.

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65 nations not in favor of the resolution. No the UN is a democracy you cant claim abstained and no votes, if that was the case then the yes votes could easily claim that 56 abstained / non-votes were also wanted to vote yes but didn't as to not upset the US. so the actual facts are only 9 voted no, 128 voted yes.

even a 128-65 vote 66.3% / 33.6% is still a slam dunk in any democratic country

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 I'm sure China and Russia will freely dole out as much money and aid as these nations want, and it will all come with a no-strings-attached guarantee. insert rolleyes-smiley here, and you think the money US doles out now is free without strings attached, Trump just stated that when he threaten to remove funding without support. The US are the kings when it comes to "democracy for sale"

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Finally a President with guts.

As opposed to brains and compassion.

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Who's the rogue state that's violating UN resolution

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So sovereignty is nonexistent in the eyes of trump and Haley?

You can vote but you are expected to vote only in favor of the US or you not gonna be allowed to sit at the cool kids table?

Such a sub juvenile way of thinking from trumpy and his mindless minions .

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So sovereignty is nonexistent in the eyes of trump and Haley?

That is what Trump and Haley are supporting- the sovereignty of the US and Israel to decide the parameters of their bilateral relationship. The anti-Semetic countries in the UN are arrogantly inserting themselves into something that is none of their business.

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I do not agree with the U.S. plans to move the embassy. As I said before we have a perfectly good embassy with surrounding infrastructure and security in Tel Aviv. It is a monumental waste of my money and as an expatriated U.S. taxpayer I do not want to see my taxes used this way.

On the other hand I can see Wolfpack's rebuttal point; with a caveat.

The U.S. should acknowledge there is an East and West Jerusalem and ensure anything constructed is well within the boundaries of West Jerusalem. The U.N. really should not be butting into the internal affairs of the U.S. and Israel.

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wtfjapan - No the UN is a democracy you cant claim abstained and no votes, if that was the case then the yes votes could easily claim that 56 abstained / non-votes were also wanted to vote yes but didn't as to not upset the US. so the actual facts are only 9 voted no, 128 voted yes.

You can claim anything you wish to, but out of the 193 voting members, only 128 voted in favor of the resolution. Another in a very long line of non-binding resolutions. Since there has only been one vote on the resolution, it's amusing to see people make claims that votes were changed due to foreign pressure, or influence. Changed from what to what?

If anyone expected 192 member nations to vote in favor of this resolution, they must have been shocked when their dream didn't come true.

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Israel and the U.S. have decide to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. It's their choice.

128 other nations, foreign nations, have said that "they" do not want the U.S. to move it's embassy to Jerusalem, AND that "they" are prepared to do absolutely nothing about it. Typical U.N. babbling, and bluster.

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128 other nations, foreign nations, have said that "they" do not want the U.S. to move it's embassy to Jerusalem, AND that "they" are prepared to do absolutely nothing about it. Typical U.N. babbling, and bluster.

The statement made by those nations was an important one, even if they cannot force the US to not move the embassy. It's important for it to be clear to the world that the actions of Trump's United States are not acceptable, and that we the people reject them.

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You can claim anything you wish to, but out of the 193 voting members, only 128 voted in favor of the resolution. Another in a very long line of non-binding resolutions. only 128? thats still 2/3 of the UN dont agree with the US policy, nobody is expecting 193 members to vote for the non-binding resolution only to show the US that their point of view isnt what the rest of the world wants. The US can dismiss it all they like and try to discredit the UN because they dont agree with the US then the US should leave and hand in their veto card at the front desk on the way out. But No I doubt the US will leave even if they cant threaten or buy votes from other member states, and it shows the vast majority arent afraid of Trumps threats.

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Oh my...

Haley SMOKED the 128 UN Countries That Voted AGAINST US on Jerusalem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWbmHe2rFq8

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Haley SMOKED the 128 UN Countries That Voted AGAINST US on Jerusalem LOL the only thing she smoked was too much of Trumps wacky weed.

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My country is one such country. New Zealand stood up to the Trump and his threats for which I am seriously proud. Make New Zealand great again, DUMP DA TRUMP

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As did my country, we have had a very large Jewish population for over 120+yrs, interestingly we were also cited for the most integrated Muslims(some who voted right-wing).

Historically no probs between various religions(Catholic majority).

BTW, my hometown would love it's US quitted UN, as we already headquarter many EU and other major agencies. We would love to host them and get the associated business and benefits.

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Haley SMOKED the 128 UN Countries That Voted AGAINST US on Jerusalem  LOL the only thing she smoked was too much of Trumps wacky weed.

Then that’s a good thing.

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America made so many mistakes in handling her empire, especially since it started her "War on terror". The deterioration of the management of her empire became also worse after the 2008 economic disaster. An empire collapses fast especially when it starts to treat its vassal states badly, way more as vassal states rather than "allies", even if they were always allies only formally. In the last years, Europe suffered so much because of America choices, made exclusively for American interests. Trump made "the America first" policy only more blatant and stronger, but the process was always there. Trump regime is only the tip of the iceberg of a long process, it's not something that suddenly happened. I welcome a multipolar world. I hope the world will get finally a more balanced situation. And I hope we Europeans can find a bit of serenity again. Between economic struggles, mass immigration, terrorist attacks and stuff, everything as a consequence of wrong American choices in the latest years, we are really tired of our unbalanced relationship with the US. We need a breath of fresh air, and new hope for better lives, since our lives quality was never so bad as it is today, since the end of WWII. This is why now you see Countries like France, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc., voting against the US in the U.N., or joing to the AIIB.

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It's quite simple. Under Trump, Politics = Business and vice-versa. So, if you have the money, you can buy the US Foreign Policy. What's wrong with that ? This has been what's going on for decades.... only now,. he's simply made it more obvious that this is the case.... one could perhaps, commend him on that fact, since he is preparing for his Successor to correct the wrongs of the nation at present.

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One needs to look at the Sarcasm in order to see the revelationist.

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Then that’s a good thing. thats the thing wacky weed just gives you the illusion that every thing is fine when in reality its not. When it wears off your still stuck in the drepressed state you stated with. At least 2/3 of the UN has the common sense to say No to the Trump weed

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Trump knows NOTHING about the Middle East or its history, culture, etc. He just wants more investments. I don't condone the violence resulting from this act of stupidity but the blood of some innocent people over there - Israeli, Palestinian - Jewish, Christian, Muslim, etc. is on his LITTLE hands because he can't keep his BIG mouth shut. He's a ZERO.

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starpunk - Trump knows NOTHING about the Middle East or its history, culture, etc. He just wants more investments. I don't condone the violence resulting from this act of stupidity but the blood of some innocent people over there - Israeli, Palestinian - Jewish, Christian, Muslim, etc. is on his LITTLE hands because he can't keep his BIG mouth shut. He's a ZERO

Let me guess. You hate Trump and want to blame him for everything, including the very long, and very violent, history of the middle east. Is anyone surprised that the people of the middle east have found yet more reason to commit acts of violence (and not just against each other), or to riot?

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It's quite simple. Under Trump, Politics = Business and vice-versa. So, if you have the money, you can buy the US Foreign Policy. What's wrong with that ?

The thing is that when it comes to the US-Israel relationship, US taxpayers give billions every year to Israel, some of which is then used to influence US foreign policy.

The only problem is that the Palestinians don't want Israel to exist.

Indeed, some do not accept that land was taken away from them by brutal force for the so called creation of Israel; can't blame them. Anyone looking at the changing map of Palestine over the last 100 years will definitely conclude that Israel does not want Palestine to exist.

Anyway, as long as Israel refuses to return to the pre-1967 borders, they should not have ANY embassies or financial aid.

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