Israel Warns Ghana Over UN Vote — Don't Repeat That Same Mistake Next Time

Nana Akufo Addo

The Israeli embassy in Ghana has warned us not to repeat the mistake made in voting for the UN resolution condemning the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In a statement released by the embassy, the UN vote is condemned and Ghana warned not to repeat such a vote in subsequent motions.
U.S President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel a few weeks ago in a move which went against the position of the international community on the issue. Both Israel and Palestine lay claim to Jerusalem and its status is supposed to be negotiated in a final peace deal between the countries.
Trump’s decision drew worldwide condemnation and led to the UN General Assembly voting to condemn it. The US threatened to cut off aid to countries who voted against them yet nevertheless, 128 countries voted to condemn the move.
In response, the Israeli mission in Ghana issued this statement..
The vote against the United States (US) by the United Nation’s General Assembly special sitting on Thursday, 21 December 2017 is nothing but a farce. The UN cannot dictate to Israel or any other country which of its cities it has to recognize as a capital. In the same regard, the UN cannot dictate to the US or any other country whether or not to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and where to site their embassies in Israel.
This voting by the UN General Assembly is meaningless from the view point of International Law. It is therefore evident that, the Palestinians are using all forms of diplomatic efforts in international organizations to fight against Israel instead of engaging in direct negotiations with Israel for the sake of peace.
As stated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel completely rejects this resolution. Jerusalem was, is and will always remain the eternal capital of Israel.
The Embassy of the State of Israel in Ghana therefore regrets the mistaken vote of Ghana against the State of Israel during the Special United Nation’s (UN) General Assembly sitting on Thursday, 21 December 2017 as the assembly adopted a resolution regarding Israel’s capital Jerusalem. We hope such mistake will not be repeated by Ghana in subsequent motions.


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