United States vetos UN resolution on Jerusalem

Geneva Matthews
December 19, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017.

The United States was certain to veto the Egyptian-sponsored resolution, but its Arab supporters wanted the vote to demonstrate that countries everywhere and even many USA allies such as Britain, France and Japan are against Trump's action.

"We will take legal, political and diplomatic measures", Abbas said angrily.

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

A spokesman for the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, responded to the veto by saying it was "unacceptable and threatens the stability of the global community because it disrespects it".

This was the first time the U.S. exercised its veto since Trump became President.

The resolution did not specifically mention the USA but expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".

In an apparent rejection of the authority of the Security Council, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Dann, said ahead of the vote: "Members of the council can vote again and again - for a hundred more times".

"Regrettably one state made a decision to oppose the whole world and to stand against the whole world with regard to this long-standing issue", Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour told the council.

"It is in line with previous Security Council resolutions, and we call on all parties to renew efforts in favour of a long and sustained and a sustainable peace in the Middle East".

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.

With the Palestinians rejecting US mediation, Russian Federation said it was ready to take over. 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.

A communique issued after the summit said the participants considered the move to be a declaration that Washington was withdrawing from its role "as sponsor of peace" in the Middle East.

And then hope that PA President Mahmoud Abbas - the guy who premised his Ph.D. thesis on denying the existence of the Holocaust - will "control" Hamas, the virulently anti-Semitic offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which in its 1988 charter - and affirmed every year to this very day - refuses to recognize the State of Israel's right to exist and is committed to jihad to destroy every last vestige of Israel and every Jew on earth.

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

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