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Trump threatens to cut aid to UN members over Jerusalem vote

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution against his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us,” Trump told reporters at the White House. "Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care." Related US vetoes UN…

Netanyahu slams ‘absurd’ UN vote on Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday slammed an "absurd" UNESCO resolution he said denies the Jews' historical connection with Jerusalem by presenting Israel as an occupying power there. The resolution, passed Tuesday at the UN organisation's Paris headquarters, denounced actions taken by "Israel, the occupying power... to alter the character and status of the holy city of Jerusalem." It particularly criticised Israel's annexation of Jerusalem following its occupation of the city's east in…

Israel says ‘reducing’ ties with nations over UN vote

JERUSALEM: Israel's foreign ministry said Tuesday the country was "reducing" ties with nations that voted for last week's UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to settlement building in Palestinian territory. Refuting reports that ties had been suspended, foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a message to journalists that Israel was "temporarily reducing" visits and work with embassies, without providing further details. Deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely said Tuesday she was concerned that…