In a collective act of defiance toward Washington, the United Nations General Assembly voted on Thursday, December 21, 2017, 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, for a resolution demanding that the United States rescind its Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The resolution is nonbinding and therefore largely symbolic, but the vote indicated the extent to which the US departure from a 50-year international consensus on Jerusalem’s status has unsettled world politics and contributed to America’s diplomatic isolation.
In fact, it’s difficult to recall an instance in which a great power was so outnumbered and isolated at the UN. Even Russia didn’t face such a striking international backlash over the situation with Crimea. On March 27, 2014, the UNGA resolution 68/262 condemning Russia for reunifying with Crimea was supported by 100 countries, 11 voted against, and 58 abstained.
For years Washington has actively sought to isolate Russia at the UN but instead has only succeeded in isolating itself.