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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Ahead of a dramatic vote at the United Nations Thursday, the United States made an unprecedented threat to fellow members of the international community: Those who vote against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital risk diplomatic retaliation and losing American financial aid.Some influential countries, mostly African and Latin American countries courted by Israel in recent years, stepped back from past support for the Palestinians by abstaining or skipping the vote altogether.In addition to Israel, the only member of the top 10 aid recipients not to support the Palestinians was Kenya, a close Israeli ally that skipped the vote, according to Foreignassistance.gov.ARAB ALLIESThe Arab world voted across the board with the Palestinians, an expected move given the importance of Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause to the Arab public.The Palestinians have long enjoyed widespread support in the United Nations, which is dominated by countries sympathetic to their cause.
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