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U.S. vetoes United Nations resolution rejecting Trump's Jerusalem decision

19 December 2017

The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that showed the depth of global opposition to the US move. It 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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council". The Council's other 14 members, including France and Britain, all voted in favor.

In an effort to keep Washington from exercising its veto power, the text did not mention the U.S. by name, saying instead it "deeply regrets recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem". "It won't be forgotten", - US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said after the vote.

"The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy", Haley told the council after the veto.

Haley told the council "the United States has never been more committed to peace in the Middle East", and called accusations that the U.S.is setting back the prospect for peace "scandalous".

Since the advent of Trump's presidency, U.S. policy has grown increasingly hostile towards the Palestinian factions, edging closer in support of Israel.

Resolutions presented to the council require nine votes for adoption, but the United States - along with Britain, China, France and Russian Federation - have the power to veto any measure.

The U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that rejected the establishment of diplomatic facilities in the contested city of Jerusalem, breaking with the rest of the council.

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Israel seized control of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, now occupied by Israel, as the capital of their future independent state.

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.

Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam's third-holiest site and has been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the USA should no longer be involved in brokering a Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

He will discuss in Paris the establishment of an global mechanism to replace the United States as a mediator for the peace process, based on the French initiative previous year, which culminated in a peace conference attended by 25 foreign ministers from Arab and European countries and the United States, but issued a statement without clear mechanisms or a time limit.

In Netanyahu's words, "One defeated the many, truth defeated lies".

Following the USA block on the U.N. resolution, a spokesman for Erdogan said that the annulment of Trump's decision would be sought in the U.N. General Assembly.

U.S. vetoes United Nations resolution rejecting Trump's Jerusalem decision