US Vetoes UN Call To Withdraw Trump's Decision On Jerusalem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets a crowd in Ankara on December 15

The U.S. on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that rejects the establishment of diplomatic facilities in the contested city of Jerusalem.

Trump earlier this month said the United States recognized the USA as the capital of Israel and would begin work to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

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. "The draft resolution is not adopted due to a negative vote of a permanent member", said Koro Bessho, Japan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas had already scrapped a meeting with Pence and his Fatah faction had called for mass protests during the visit which had been initially been scheduled for Wednesday.

The 14 other members of the council voted in favour of the motion.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, said in the Security Council that "the United States had the courage and honesty to recognise a fundamental reality".

In his rant in last week's letters section against President Trump's bold decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Jon E. Weinstein first disclaims how noble he and "both major parties" were in the 1980s in supporting this very move.

"These decisions are unhelpful to the prospects of peace in the region, an aim that all of us in this council remain committed (to)", he told the Security Council after the vote.

"We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance", she told the Security Council.

"The United States being left alone in the vote is a concrete sign of the illegality of its decision on Jerusalem", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement. In that context, according to Trump, the administration must encourage a military buildup while continuing to impose restrictions on immigration.

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"The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense 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". "Thank you, Nikki Haley", he said. But unlike the Security Council, the assembly's resolutions are not legally binding.

The US abstained in that vote, allowing it to pass, but would today block it with their veto, Haley said.

The Palestinians slammed the veto as "unacceptable" and vowed to turn to the UN General Assembly to win adoption for the resolution that was blocked at the council.

The US was working "tirelessly" to facilitate negotiations, Danon said.

Does the United States use its veto often? No. You dispel the darkness.

Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the U.S. veto "represents a complete bias with the [Israeli] occupation and aggression", CNN reports.

The Palestinian delegation to the UN?are now instead seeking a vote in the 193-member General Assembly on the United States decision on Jerusalem.

The Palestinians condemned the U.S. veto as "unacceptable" and vowed to turn to the UN General Assembly to push for a resolution condemning the decision.

To pass in the General Assembly, the resolution would likely need a two-thirds majority as it would be considered an issue of peace and security.



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