Deputy PM criticizes USA for veto on United Nations resolution condemning Jerusalem decision

Laura Christensen
December 19, 2017

The US stood isolated at the UN Security Council on Monday, 18 December, after all the members except Washington voted in favour of an Egypt-drafted resolution, which would have required President Donald Trump to withdraw his declaration of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The veto "leads to more isolation of the United States and will provoke the worldwide community", he said, adding "we will carry on with our moves in the UN and all other global agencies to defend our people's rights".

The Egypt-sponsored resolution, which avoided naming the United States or Trump directly, sought to express "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem" and asked other countries not to follow suit and move their embassies to a city considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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

"We are ready to become an honest mediator here", Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said, reported The Times of Israel.

After the vote, Haley lashed out at the other members of the Council, calling the proceedings "an insult" that "won't be forgotten".

To win the 14 votes, the text was watered down with no condemnation and no specific mention of Trump's move.

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Amb. Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, stated this ahead of the Security Council Briefing on the Middle East and vote on the draft resolution sponsored by Egypt.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted: "Thank you, Ambassador Haley. Thank you, Nikki Haley".

The UK and France had indicated in advance that they would back the text, which demanded that all countries comply with pre-existing UNSC resolutions on Jerusalem, dating back to 1967, including requirements that the city's final status be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Trump has been working on a new Mideast peace plan and says he remains committed to brokering a deal, despite the Jerusalem move.

The Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party has called for a day of demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories to coincide with the Pence trip. It countered an worldwide consensus that Jerusalem's status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The draft resolution had included a call on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the United States lead. Even the US' closest geopolitical allies - Japan, Britain, and France - voted in support of the draft.

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