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"Since we knew the USA would veto the resolution, we didn't want to waste our ammunition", one official explained to The Jerusalem Post.

Righteously wielding an American veto for the first time in six years, US ambassador Nikki Haley struck down a ridiculous United Nations Security Council resolution slamming the Trump administration's correct decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "A two-thirds support in the General Assembly would actually mean the rejection of the decision made by the Security Council", he added.

The countries have cited the United States decision to veto a draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a letter to dozens of UN states on Tuesday seen by Reuters, warned that the United States would remember those who voted for the resolution criticising the US decision.

The anticipated General Assembly vote comes days after Haley vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would seek to nullify any move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Turkey will take the resolution General Assembly, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

On Twitter, Ms Haley posted on Twitter that "the U.S. will be taking names" during the vote on Thursday at the 193-nation assembly.

The UN General Assembly will hold a special session on Thursday, following a request by Arab and Muslim states. The Thursday meeting will be a continuation of that session.

Mr Trump's Dec 6 decision to recognise Jerusalem broke with worldwide consensus, triggering protests across the Muslim world and drawing strong condemnation.

Trump also plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Knowing in advance that the USA would veto Monday's Security Council resolution, the Israeli delegation refrained from mounting the kind of intensive lobbying effort it has in the past in such situations.

"What we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult", she said.

The status of Jerusalem has been a central issue in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Trump's announcement was widely perceived as taking the side of Israel. Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future independent state of their own.