A total of 128 UN member states voted in favor of a draft measure that declares US President Trump's Jerusalem decision "null and void." The overwhelming backing for the resolution came despite US threats to cut funding.
UN vote on Jerusalem - DW's Carsten von Nahmen and Tania Krämer
A total of 128 countries voted in favor of the measure, nine voted against it and 35 countries abstained.
The United States and Israel were joined by Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo in opposing the measure. Washington's North American neighbors Canada and Mexico abstained along with several eastern European countries, including Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania.
Alongside many Middle Eastern countries, much of western Europe supported the measure, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Spain.
The draft resolution before the 193-member UN General Assembly reaffirms that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through peace negotiations with Palestine and Israel. It would also make Trump's recent Jerusalem decision "null and void."
Nations weigh-in on vote
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the result, calling it "a victory for Palestine."
After the vote, the German Foreign Office tweeted its reasoning, writing that "the status of Jerusalem should be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians. It should not be prejudged."
Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for his stance on Jerusalem and condemned the vote. Earlier, he slammed the UN as a "house of lies."
"Israel rejects the UN decision and at the same time is satisfied with the high number of countries that did not vote in its favour," said a statement from Netanyahu's office.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter that the vote showed the "illegality" of Trump's Jerusalem move and urged for the US to "rescind without further delay its unfortunate decision."
Prior to the vote, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al Malki referenced the US threat that it was "taking names" of those who vote in favor of the measure.
"History records names, it remembers names — the names of those who stand by what is right and the names of those who speak falsehood. Today we are seekers of rights and peace," he told the General Assembly.