Israel PM rejects Jerusalem vote at UN ‘house of lies’

Israel PM rejects Jerusalem vote at UN ‘house of lies’

JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse
Israel PM rejects Jerusalem vote at UN ‘house of lies’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dubbed the United Nations a “house of lies” on Dec. 21, ahead of a General Assembly vote on a resolution rejecting U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The State of Israel rejects outright this vote, even before it passes,” he said at a ceremony in southern Israel.

“The attitude to Israel of many nations in the world, in all the continents, is changing outside of the U.N. walls, and will eventually filter into the U.N. as well -- the house of lies,” he said.

The U.N. General Assembly will hold an emergency session later on Dec. 21 to vote on a draft resolution that the United States vetoed at the Security Council on Monday after all other 14 council members voted in favor.

On the eve of the vote, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested there could be reprisals for countries that support the draft, put forward by Yemen and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries.

“Jerusalem is our capital, we will continue to build in it and embassies of countries, led by the U.S., will move to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said, thanking Trump and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley for “standing by Israel and the truth.”

“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, whether the U.N. recognizes it or not,” Netanyahu said. “It took 70 years until the US officially recognized it and it will take many more years until the U.N. recognizes it, too.”

Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv broke with international consensus, triggering protests across the Muslim world and drawing widespread condemnation.