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Turkey signals new steps to block Trump's Jerusalem move

25 December 2017

"As far as what Nikki Haley has done I think it's terrific", Dershowitz told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program.

Among the quartet, only South Sudan did not vote against the US.

Reacting to the UN resolution, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, had said, "Unlike some UN member countries, the United States government is answerable to its people; as such, we have an obligation to acknowledge when our political and financial capital is being poorly spent".

The U.S. pays about 22 per cent of the U.N.'s budget, or roughly $3.3 billion, and fully 28 per cent of its peacekeeping effort. Erdoğan added that the call to the nullify the vote would continue and responded to a question whether he will be discussing the matter with Trump any time soon; he said Turkey has called on the discuss the matter with them, as Ankara is the term president of the OIC, however, it has not yet happened. "There has to be consequences for this kind of voting".

Later on December 21, the General Assembly voted on a resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, about 128 countries voted for the draft resolution and nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained from voting on the draft.

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"What President Trump did was to restore balance and everybody should have recognized that", he said.

Also on Christmas Eve, Guatemala's president announced the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of President Trump in ordering the change.

"There will be a lot of pressure not to do it", Dershowitz predicted.

No other country has its embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

As reported in the United States and UK media, the American government said it would sanction Nigeria and other countries that voted against its decision. "But they are seeing a closer relationship".

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"I thank all countries that voted to support the resolution. Those are the thoughts that come to mind when we consider the resolution before us today".

The fate of Jerusalem is one of the key factors that have prevented peace between Palestine and Israel.

Dershowitz also on Monday commented on the announcement that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe will be retiring at the beginning of the year.

"This [UNGA vote] was the second step after the step taken at the United Nations Security Council and it has passed with success".

Such actions are a "big problem" with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Dershowitz added.

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Turkey signals new steps to block Trump's Jerusalem move