Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 1

Netanyahu describes UN as 'house of lies' ahead of vote on US Jerusalem move

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply criticised on Thursday the UN General Assembly's planned vote on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, called it 'a house of lies.'

"The State of Israel rejects this vote outright," Netanyahu said, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "Jerusalem is our capital, we will continue to build there and additional embassies will move to the city.”

Downplaying the role of the international organisation, Netanyahu said: “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, whether or not the UN recognises this. It took 70 years for the United States to formally recognise this, and it will take years for the UN to do the same.”

Netanyahu noted that various countries around the world are changing their attitude towards Israel, "and this will eventually seep into the walls of that house of lies.”

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favour of the resolution rejecting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday, Trump also expressed support for a letter sent by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, in which she warned member states against supporting the resolution.

The UN General Assembly is set to meet on Thursday at 5pm Palestine time for an emergency discussion on the unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Turkey and Yemen requested the meeting after an Egyptian draft resolution against the recognition was presented to the Security Council and was vetoed by the United States, although the 14 other members of the council voted for it.