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19 December 2017, 10:58 | Kara Nash
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
The US has vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution criticising President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to the city which is also claimed by Palestinians.
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status or demographic composition of the holy city of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded".
Egypt put forward the draft resolution which insisted that Jerusalem was an issue "to be resolved through negotiations" between Israel and the Palestinians and expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem", without specifically mentioning Trump's move.
Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad Malki said the Palestinian Authority will resort to the UN General Assembly with a new draft resolution against the USA move. The U.S. was the sole dissenting vote.
Trump's announcement triggered denunciations and demonstrations around the world.
Pence's trip to Egypt and Israel was pushed back to mid-January to allow the USA vice president to remain in Washington during a vote on Trump's tax bill, a White House official said. "It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council".
British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said, "The status of Jerusalem should be determined through a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states".
But one by one, ambassadors of the 14 countries that supported the resolution said after the vote that the USA violated council resolutions which make clear that no country can unilaterally decide that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
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"The US decision encourages Israel to persist in its crimes against the Palestinian people and to continue its occupation of our territory".
"We are ready to become an honest mediator here", he said.
In the statement, Hamas urged the global community and the Arab and Islamic world to act for the preservation of Jerusalem and holy places and warned Israel not to take steps to change Jerusalem's present status.
"The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy", she said after the veto. 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.
"We declare our rejection of the United States as a political mediator because it has sided with Israel".
The U.S. veto came almost a year after the previous U.S. administration abstained in a council vote condemning Israeli settlements, allowing that measure to pass. The United States is a genuine partner.in the Balfour Declaration...
Indeed, our president is letting the world know - including the anti-Semitic United Nations cesspool in Manhattan - that their historical Jew hatred will not be tolerated and that politics-as-usual will take a back seat to the enduring truths of the Bible, in which the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob mandated that their inheritance of the land of Israel is totally immutable.
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