The United Nations will meet on Thursday to vote on a motion rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
All 193 member states were summoned to a rare emergency special session of the General Assembly, which is taking place at Turkey and Yemen’s request.
The meeting in New York, scheduled to start at 3pm UK time, was attacked by Mr Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“The State of Israel totally rejects this vote, even before [the motion’s] approval,” Mr Netanyahu said in a speech on Wednesday.
Mr Trump strongly suggested that there would be financial implications for voting against the United States.
“For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us,” he told journalists at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions of dollars and then they vote against us.
“We're watching those votes. Let them vote against us.”
Mr Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, had earlier tweeted the US “will be taking names” of those countries that vote against it.
At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017
Earlier this month, President Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and said the US would move its embassy to the city.
The decision provoked anger from Palestinians and sparked clashes in the West Bank and Gaza.