Two weeks after the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution criticizing the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hosted a reception on Wednesday for the 64 other countries that refused to back the measure.
The “Friends of the US” reception was held for the ambassadors of the eight countries (including Israel) that voted against the resolution in addition to the US, the 35 countries that abstained, and the 21 whose envoys did not show up for the vote.
“It’s easy for friends to be with you in the good times, but it’s the friends who are with you during the challenging times that will never be forgotten. Thank you to the 64,” Haley said at the reception, before reading the list of countries.
The event also included a video message from President Donald Trump.
“Rest assured that your actions on Thursday, December 21, will go down as a very important date, [and] were noted and greatly appreciated,” Trump said. “The United States remains committed to achieving lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. There’s no reason that peace should not be entered into. We will continue to work with the partners like you to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for the region, for the people, for the world.”
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon posted on Facebook, “I was honored to take part in a reception hosted by Ambassador Nikki Haley for the countries that stood by the US during the UN vote on Jerusalem. The leadership shown by the US unveiled the hypocrisy of the Palestinians, who speak of peace while doing all they can to avoid negotiations….We thank Ambassador Haley and the American people for their strong stance on behalf of truth and historical justice.”