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A showdown is expected on the floor of the United Nations on Thursday, as countries prepare to vote on a resolution condemning President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley

By Andrew O'Reilly | Fox News

A showdown is expected on the floor of the United Nations on Thursday, as countries prepare to vote on a resolution condemning President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump’s decision, which he announced this month during a speech ordering the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, rankled many in the global community. Critics worry that the president’s words will inflame tensions throughout the Middle East and doom any hope of a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians for control of Jerusalem.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that he hopes the United States will be "taught a lesson" during a United Nations vote on the issue and accused Trump of seeking countries whose "decisions can be bought with dollars."

"Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey's democratic will with your dollars,” Erdogan said. “Our decision is clear."

Although Democratic and Republican presidents have long affirmed that Jerusalem is Israel's capital, Trump's declaration to move the embassy to Jerusalem on Dec. 6 departed from decades of U.S. policy, and international consensus, that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through negotiations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem is Israel's capital regardless of the outcome of Thursday's vote.

The Palestinians sought the General Assembly vote after the United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required Trump to rescind his declaration on Jerusalem as Israel's capital and not move the U.S. Embassy there. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, home to key Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy sites, as their capital.

The resolution being voted on Thursday is co-sponsored by Turkey, chair of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Yemen, chair of the Arab Group at the U.N.

The draft resolution says Jerusalem "is a final status issue" and reaffirms 10 Security Council resolutions on Jerusalem, dating back to 1967, including requirements that the city's final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

It "affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded."

Despite the condemnation, the Trump administration isn’t caving to international pressure, with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley serving notice that she "will be taking names" on who votes in favor of the resolution Thursday.

“We're always asked to do more & give more," Haley wrote on Twitter. “So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl [people], abt [about] where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names."

Haley's threat drew sharp criticism from the Palestinian and Turkish foreign ministers before they flew to New York for the General Assembly vote. They accused the U.S. of intimidation.

Trump strongly supported Haley’s words and threatened to cut off U.S. funding to countries that support the resolution.

"For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us. They take hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions of dollars and then they vote against us," Trump told reporters on Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting in Washington with Haley sitting nearby. "We're watching those votes. Let them vote against us."

The Trump administration’s actions recalled to some veteran U.N. diplomats the runup to the Iraq war in 2002 when then-President George W. Bush launched a campaign against France and other opponents of military action who refused to support a Security Council resolution to authorize war. The resolution, which former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was pressing for and the U.S. backed, was withdrawn by Britain because it was certain to be defeated as a result of strong council opposition.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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