US Blocks UN?Vote Calling For Trump To Rescind Jerusalem Decision

Posted December 19, 2017

That resolution, which had 14 votes in favor, "reaffirmed ... that Israel's establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under worldwide law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders". The proposed resolution stated, "that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council".

Trump earlier this month said the United States recognized the U.S. as the capital of Israel and would begin work to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv. But the Palestinians insist that East Jerusalem should be the capital of their future independent state.

Meanwhile, China has called for unity of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the worldwide community at large over the issue of Jerusalem and for a common effort toward peace in the Middle East.

The US on Monday vetoed the UNSC draft declaration, proposed by Egypt, that rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, though 14 other members voted in favour.

He added that the Arab group in the United Nations will convene later to assess the situation and determine the next step in order to defend the status of Jerusalem.

"We are ready to become an honest mediator here", Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said, reported The Times of Israel.

The resolution was denounced in furious language by the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who described it as "an insult" that would not be forgotten.

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"The United States chooses to disregard worldwide law and ignore the global consensus".

Safronkov said Russian Federation will also "continue to encourage all Palestinian parties to overcome the internal rifts as quickly as possible". Apart from that, the draft calls on countries not to recognize any actions or measures that run counter to the Security Council resolutions and to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in that city.

"The fact that this veto is being done in defence of American sovereignty and in defence of America's role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council", Haley said.

The vetoed resolution would also have reiterated a call to reverse "the negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-state solution" that would see the states of Israel and the Palestine living side-by-side in peace.

The only support for the United States came from Israel.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted: "Thank you, Ambassador Haley".

He said Haley "lit a candle of truth" and dispelled "lies".