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US Vetoes UN Call for Withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem Decision

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Erik Tate | 19 December, 2017, 10:48

Fourteen council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-sponsored resolution that would have demanded Trump reverse course on the decision.

It would also have affirmed 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status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded". The draft without mentioning the United States recent move, expresses regret over the recent Trump's decisions concerning Jerusalem's status.

This has infuriated the Palestinians and Arab countries, which have strongly protested against the US move. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in a war in 1967 and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

Abbas emphasized that the Palestinian Authority would resort to the UN General Assembly for the adoption of a set of resolutions, and said in this context that the PA would deploy all efforts in order to get full membership.

He said it was historically meaningful that the US vote against 14 council members left the country "alone" at the U.N. Security Council on the issue of Jerusalem.

Speaking after the vote, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, said: "It is paradoxical that while we were waiting for a peace plan from the U.S., the administration instead chose to further obstruct peace and delay its realisation".

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Haley called the resolution and the votes for it "an insult".

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon addresses the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, US, December 8, 2017. He said that it was becoming more important to move "as quickly as possible towards direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations" and reaffirmed Russia's summit proposal between the two warring factions, following President Vladimir Putin's visit to the region last week. And she insisted that this position "is fully in line with the previous Security Council resolutions".

As the Russian diplomat called on all parties involved to "show restraint" he said: "We are ready to become an honest mediator here", making thinly veiled remarks that the US' steps are favouring Israel.

"Given the chance to vote again", said Haley to the Council, "I can say with complete confidence, we would vote no and exercise our veto power". 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 United States is a genuine partner.in the Balfour Declaration...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Haley and Trump in a Facebook video, saying: "You lit a candle of truth". One defeated the many.

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