Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Sparks an outrage in the Muslim World

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December 2017 in Istanbul, called on the United States of America to revoke its decision to recognize Al-Quds as capital of Israel, affirming its condemnation and rejection of this decision and the US President’s announcement to relocate the American embassy in the city.
In its Final Communiqué, the Summit held the US administration fully responsible for any repercussions of it refusing to disavow this unlawful decision, taking it as a clear desertion by the US administration of its role as peace broker. The Summit also dismissed the decision as a gift to Israel for its continuous renouncement of agreements and blatant breach to international legitimacy.
The call was also for the OIC Member States to impose political and economic restrictions on States, officials, parliaments, companies and individuals recognizing Israeli annexation of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, or engaging in any form with measures aimed at perpetuating Israeli colonization of the occupied Palestinian territories.
On the need to internationalize peace, the Communiqué called on international actors to promote a multilateral political process, to resume an internationally sponsored, credible process to achieve lasting peace based on the Two-State solution.
Speaking at the Summit, OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen stated that the Extraordinary Summit bears acute significance particularly as to the centrality of the cause of Palestine and Al Quds for the entire Muslim Ummah, considering the US administration’s unilateral decision a downright aggression on the city’s sacrosanct identity and Arab character.
He further said the OIC uncompromisingly rejects the US move as an act which constitutes a clear violation of international law, deals a heavy blow to international relations and runs counter to the spirit of the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. By taking this move, Al-Othaimeen added, the US are breaking the international consensus regarding the political, legal and historical status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
The Organization called on the Arab Muslim world to join efforts, regionally and worldwide, to harness all the diplomatic means available to counter such measures and face up to the US unilateral decision rejected by most of the world countries.
It is high time, amid current attempts to sap international legitimacy, the State of Palestine enjoys full recognition by all, the Secretary General pointed out. He stated, “The OIC calls again on those states that have not as yet recognized the State of Palestine to do so promptly such as to consolidate the foundations of the Two-State solution, for justice and international legitimacy to prevail.”
Addressing the OIC foreign ministers gathering at the preparatory meeting to the extraordinary Islamic Summit, the Secretary General invited the international community to back up the Palestinian reconciliation efforts and to enable the Palestinian consensus Government to exercise its role and fulfill its commitments towards the Palestinian people and for the reconstitution of the Gaza Strip. He also welcomed the positive outcome of the Palestinian national reconciliation.

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OIC holds emergency meeting over Jerusalem
13 Dec 2017
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A 57-member Muslim organization has held an emergency meeting amid rising tensions. This follows US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is holding the emergency gathering in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday.

At the start of the meeting, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed he will call on the United States to withdraw its decision.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also said he hopes the UN Security Council will adopt a resolution calling for the retraction of the decision by Washington.

He noted that the US should not exercise its veto as the nation directly involved in the issue.

It remains to be seen if the OIC can devise any measures to deal with the situation amid rivalries between its members. Saudi Arabia and other nations are pro-US, while countries like Iran are anti-US.

Since Trump's announcement last week Palestinian demonstrators have been clashing with Israeli forces in the Palestinian territories, which are under Israeli occupation.

Rockets were fired into Israel from the Palestinian territory of Gaza through Wednesday before dawn.

Israeli forces carried out air-strikes against militants' facilities in retaliation, wounding 2 children and woman.

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Muslim leaders slam Trump, U.S. over embassy move
By Ed Adamczyk | Dec. 13, 2017

A conference of leaders of Muslim countries called for Palestinian recognition and slammed President Donald Trump's plan to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel.

The summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Turkey, was arranged after Trump announced last week that the United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The summit called for global recognition of East Jerusalem -- largely populated by Palestinians and home to sites considered holy by Muslims, Jews and Christians -- as "the occupied capital of a Palestinian state." It also declared Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy unlawful.

In opening remarks at the summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Israel an "occupying and terrorist state" and asked "all just countries" to instead recognize Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. He added that predominantly Muslim countries will never abandon Palestine's hopes for sovereignty and independence.

"While the occupying state is being recognized, there is no logical reason for the party that wants peace, that lives in one-fifth of historical Palestine to not be recognized," Erdoğan said, a reference to Israeli use of Jerusalem as its capital despite its Palestinian population and the presence of important Muslim religious sites there. "Only Israel, which occupies Jerusalem, supported the U.S.' unlawful decision. We thank all the countries who did not accept this illegitimate decision."

Trump's announcement was widely condemned across the Middle East. Many regarded the policy move as the end of any pretense of U.S. neutrality in brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

Israel was "almost rewarded" by Trump for "terrorist actions," Erdoğan said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also spoke at the summit Wednesday, saying, "Trump wants to give Jerusalem as a present to Israel, as if he is donating one of the U.S. states, as if he is the only person with the authority to decide. The U.S. has lost its mediator role in the Israel Palestine peace process, and we will never allow in the future that the U.S. takes part in the process. We want OIC to support us in this decision."

Tensions have increased in Palestinian territories since Trump's announcement. At least two people were killed by Israeli security forces and hundreds were injured during demonstrations last week.

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain will be represented by their foreign ministers in the upcoming OIC meeting.
 

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Jerusalem embassy move risks burning Trump's bridges with Arab allies, former US defence secretary says
Francois Hollande also tells Dubai Strategy Forum of threat posed by returning foreign Isil fighters
by Caline Malek
December 12, 2017
Updated: December 13, 2017 10:27 AM

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Former French president François Hollande and former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates speak during a debate at the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai. Courtesy: Arab Strategy Forum

Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem risks burning the bridges he has built with Arab allies since taking office, according to a former American defence secretary.


Dr Robert Gates said he was worried the president's move "has created problems for our Arab friends and allies".
“It hurts broader strategy in two ways,” Dr Gates, who served under George W Bush and Barack Obama, told the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai on Tuesday.

“There was a general sense that this administration was devoting additional time and energy to try to bring about a solution that the last several presidents tried, but failed.

“It makes it much, much harder but I also worry that the announcement has created problems for our Arab friends and allies.

“One of the achievements of the Trump Administration has been to significantly improve the relationship between the US and Arabs, especially here in the Gulf, as well as Israel.

"Those relationships were deeply affected by Obama’s agreement to the nuclear deal with Iran and while this announcement won’t reverse that, it makes the political lives of our friends out here more complicated and difficult, especially in dealing with the emotions of their own populations.”

Dr Gates's comments came after Arab foreign ministers on Sunday called on Trump to rescind the embassy decision, warning it could plunge the region into "more chaos, violence, bloodshed and instability" at an emergency meeting of the Arab League.


Also on Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said it could "throw a lifeline to terrorists and armed groups", while Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, described it as a "gift to radicals".

Also speaking at the forum on Tuesday was former French president Francois Hollande, which said the issue would loom large over diplomatic talks and alliances in the coming year.

“It will be subject to all the debates, especially at the United Nations, and it will provoke certain protests and trouble in 2018, in many countries where populations are in solidarity with the Palestinian State,” he said.

“But there will be no serious evolution in the case next year, firstly because the Israeli government is moving further away from a two-state solution, and because Palestinians are themselves divided.

"And it is very difficult for the Palestinian Authority [to bring up] the question of negotiations again.”


Following the failed terrorist attack on a bus station in New York yesterday, Mr Hollande said he feared attempted atrocities will only continue.

“Although weakened and eradicated in Syria, those terrorists want to target large capitals and cities,” he said.

“Their capacity to carry out terrorist attacks in countries like France is largely compromised, but the possibility of certain individuals, whether isolated or not, to carry out attacks could lead to a lot of damage and should be seen as possible anywhere.”

Former ISIL fighters fleeing the battle grounds of Syria and Iraq pose a challenge to security services.

“We need to follow those that leave Iraq and Syria and go back to their home countries, whether Russia, Europe or Arab countries and pay attention to their behaviour, especially those in rehabilitation and deradicalisation centres,” he added.

“We need to take some cyber security measures, always be vigilant and deploy all of our capacity to defend our countries.”

Dr Gates went on to say that lone wolf or small cell terrorist attacks will "will achieve their purpose of terror, but the opportunity for an organisation like Isis to create weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) has been dramatically reduced by the destruction of the caliphate".

“We should be realistic that the elimination of terrorism is not an achievable objective."


He went on to say that Iran is expected to continue creating regional tensions, especially vis-a-vis Saudi Arabia.

“We’ll see an intensification of the contest between Shia Islam led by Iran and Sunni Islam led by Saudi,” Dr Gates said.

“We’ve seen an intensification over the past year through surrogates such as in Yemen and we’ll see more of that in 2018. Iran is emboldened by its success in Syria and you’ll see an increasingly assertive Iran in terms of its interference and meddling in the region.”

“You’ll also see a growing probability of conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, feeling empowered from their success in Syria, greatly strengthened by weapons and training from Iran, and Israel will see Hezbollah as an increasingly difficult problem that they’ll need to deal with in some point.”

Dr Gates said concluded by saying that "Trump reminds me of Nixon, without the deep background in international affairs, more as a personality".

“He will still be president a year from now, but the US will remain divided and to a large extent paralysed with a somewhat uncertain foreign policy," he said.

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/jerusalem-embassy-move-risks-burning-trump-s-bridges-with-arab-allies-former-us-defence-secretary-says-1.683897
 

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EU to Israel's Netanyahu: No support for Trump's Jerusalem move
EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the EU’s position on Jerusalem remains the same as the 'international consensus'
December 11, 2017

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Israel's premier Benjamin Netanyahu and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speak during a joint press conference at the European Council in Brussels on December 11, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP


Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Monday for all European countries to move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but faced a setback as EU ministers said they were not on board.

The Czech Republic, the one country that had considered following Donald Trump's lead, rowed back from the position during the Brussels summit, indicating it did not want to damage the Palestinian position.

"I believe that all, or most, European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace," he said during a visit to Brussels for a meeting with EU foreign ministers.

EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the EU’s position on Jerusalem remains the “international consensus”.

"We believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both," she said.

The Israeli premier’s visit comes after US president Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Mr Trump also said that he has directed the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy in Israel to the disputed city, which sparked outrage and protests across the Middle East.

EU ministers have said they disapproved of Mr Trump’s move, and even Israel’s closest European allies, such as the Czech Republic, warned that the US president’s decision was bad for peace efforts.

Asked by reporters about Mr Trump's decision to relocated the US embassy to Jerusalem, Czech foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek said: "I'm afraid it can't help us," he said. “I‘m convinced that it is impossible to ease tension with a unilateral solution. We are talking about an Israeli state, but at the same time we have to speak about a Palestinian state.”

France said that Jerusalem’s status could only be agreed in a final deal between Palestinians and Israelis. Mr Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday.

Last week, the Czech foreign ministry said it would begin considering moving the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which many in Israel saw as an endorsement of Mr Trump's move.

But Prague later said it accepted Israel's sovereignty only over West Jerusalem.

EU foreign ministers reiterated the EU position that the lands Israel has occupied since a 1967 war — including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights — are not part of the internationally recognised borders of Israel.

Meanwhile, France's foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged Washington to come forward with peace plans that are being drawn up by Jason Greenblatt, Mr Trump's Middle East envoy, and Mr Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

"We've been waiting already for several months for the American initiative and if one is not forthcoming, then the European Union will have to take the initiative," Mr Le Drian said.

Ms Mogherini reiterated the EU’s commitment to a two-state solution, adding that the EU would step up its peace efforts and would hold talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas next month.

A demonstration condemning Mr Netanyahu's visit was planned for later in Brussels.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/eu-to-israel-s-netanyahu-no-support-for-trump-s-jerusalem-move-1.683503
 

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Bibi thinks he would swallow Jaurslem based on his twisted version of the Talmud!
 
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Israeli troops kill 4, injure 367 in Jerusalem protests



GAZA/AMMAN: Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 367 with live ammunition on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital entered a second week.
Most of the casualties were on the Israel-Gaza border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to throw stones at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. Medics said two protesters, one of them wheelchair-bound, were killed and 150 wounded.
In the occupied West Bank, medics said two protesters were killed and dozens wounded by Israeli gunfire.
One of the dead was a man whom Israeli police said was shot after he stabbed a member of their unit.
Washington’s European allies and Russia have also voiced concern.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Trump’s decision is a “bomb” thrown at the entire Middle East, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
“The Jerusalem decision is a harbinger of new operations targeting the Islamic world,” he added.
“If Muslims fail to show the necessary reaction on this issue within the law, believe me there will be more to come.”
Palestinians are planning to appeal to the UN Security Council, and Erdogan said Muslim nations will ask the UN for an “annulment” of Trump’s decision.
The initiative will start at the Security Council, and if it is vetoed there, “we will work within the UN General Assembly for the annulment of this unjust and lawless decision,” he added.
Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad, a Fatah spokesman for international affairs, told Arab News that the US will not be able to use its veto power on this issue because it is involved in the dispute.
The UN Charter gives the Security Council’s five permanent members veto powers with one exception: Article 27-3 states that “a party to a dispute shall abstain from voting.”
But Anis F. Kassim, publisher of the Palestinian Year Book for International Law, expressed doubt over whether the world body will agree that the US is party to the dispute, or refer to it as a “situation rather than a dispute.”
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that Israel’s legitimacy is in question because of its failure to declare its borders.
“International law stipulates that to be recognized as a state, a country has to meet three conditions: Sovereignty, population and borders. This third condition is not declared in Israel, and I challenge it to say where its borders are… Its recognition is void,” Abbas said.
Kassim said Israel’s recognition by the UN in 1949 was conditional. “Recognition followed commitments made by its representative to honor the partition plan and the right of Palestinian refugees to return,” he told Arab News.
He said while borders are a major issue in terms of recognition, it is not a deciding factor. “Many countries have been recognized without their borders being totally clarified,” he added.
But Kassim believes that recognition of Israel was conditional on the commitments made by its then-ambassador to the UN regarding resolutions 181 of 1947 and 194 of 1948.
The 1947 partition plan (resolution 181) declared Jerusalem a corpus separatum (special entity), Kassim said.
After the 1967 war, the world recognized the east of the city as “occupied territory,” and continued to reject Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, he added.
Former Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told Arab News that UN Security Council resolutions refer to all areas seized by Israel in 1967, including East Jerusalem, as “occupied territories.”
Resolution 476 condemned Israel’s 1980 Jerusalem Law, which declared the city its united capital, as a violation of international law, Judeh said.
He added that the resolution says the Security Council “will not recognize this law, and calls on member states to accept the decision of the council. It also called upon members states to withdraw their diplomatic missions from the city.”
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Turkey to open embassy in East Jerusalem
Source: Xinhua | 2017-12-14 | Editor: huaxia

ANKARA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkey will open embassy in East Jerusalem after members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared the city the capital of Palestine, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
"Recognition of the Palestinian state is in line with UN decisions. We will strive for recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital," Cavusoglu was quoted by Daily Sabah as saying.

All kinds of efforts will be made until the U.S. retreats from its decision on Jerusalem, he added.

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Thursday asked the government to open embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem.
"Turkey should immediately open its embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem," Engin Altay, the CHP's parliamentary deputy group chairman, said while speaking to journalists in the parliament.

Altay said his party would support the move without any condition.

During an extraordinary summit in Istanbul on Wednesday, the OIC declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine under occupation and urged the U.S. to withdraw from the peace process and back down from its Jerusalem decision.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey, opened in 1925 following the declaration of the Republic, has the privilege of being one of the oldest diplomatic missions abroad directly linked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After Israel declared Jerusalem as its "eternal and indivisible" capital in 1980, Turkey closed its Consulate General in Jerusalem as a sign of protest.

Following the positive atmosphere created by the Madrid Peace Conference, the Consulate General resumed its activities in September 1992 and has remained open so far.

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Turkey to open embassy in East Jerusalem
Source: Xinhua | 2017-12-14 | Editor: huaxia

ANKARA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkey will open embassy in East Jerusalem after members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared the city the capital of Palestine, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
"Recognition of the Palestinian state is in line with UN decisions. We will strive for recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital," Cavusoglu was quoted by Daily Sabah as saying.

All kinds of efforts will be made until the U.S. retreats from its decision on Jerusalem, he added.

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Thursday asked the government to open embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem.
"Turkey should immediately open its embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem," Engin Altay, the CHP's parliamentary deputy group chairman, said while speaking to journalists in the parliament.

Altay said his party would support the move without any condition.

During an extraordinary summit in Istanbul on Wednesday, the OIC declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine under occupation and urged the U.S. to withdraw from the peace process and back down from its Jerusalem decision.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey, opened in 1925 following the declaration of the Republic, has the privilege of being one of the oldest diplomatic missions abroad directly linked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After Israel declared Jerusalem as its "eternal and indivisible" capital in 1980, Turkey closed its Consulate General in Jerusalem as a sign of protest.

Following the positive atmosphere created by the Madrid Peace Conference, the Consulate General resumed its activities in September 1992 and has remained open so far.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/14/c_136826539.htm





Erdogan should close the embassy in Tel Aviv and withdraw Turkey recognition of Israel as a state before talking about Jerusalem. I don't understand the logic behind his fussy irritated attitude.
 

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U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution Condemning Move on Jerusalem
By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ and RICK GLADSTONE
DEC. 18, 2017

Punctuating America’s increasing international isolation, the United Nations Security Council demanded on Monday that the Trump administration rescind its decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to put the United States Embassy there.
The demand, in a resolution that its backers knew would likely offend the United States, was vetoed by the American ambassador, Nikki R. Haley. She was alone.

Even America’s staunchest allies on the 15-member Council, the most powerful body in the United Nations system, voted for the resolution.

They warned that Mr. Trump’s Dec. 6 announcement about Jerusalem, which upended decades of American policy, threatened to subvert the effort to solve one of the world’s most intractable conflicts.

Ignoring the ostracism, Ms. Haley chastised fellow Council members after the midday vote, calling it “an embarrassment” and arguing that Mr. Trump’s decision two weeks ago was a “U.S. recognition of the obvious.”

Any suggestion that the Trump administration’s decision had harmed the peace process was “a scandalous charge,” she said, noting that it was the first time in six years that the United States had used its veto power in the Council.
“Today, for the simple act of deciding where to put our embassy, the United States was forced to defend its sovereignty,” she said. “The record will reflect that we did so proudly.”

The one-page resolution, drafted by Egypt, reiterated the longstanding position of the Security Council, in several resolutions dating back 50 years, rejecting Israel’s sovereignty claim over Jerusalem, the holy city revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Without identifying the United States by name, the resolution also reiterated the Council’s view that no country should establish an embassy in Jerusalem, and that the city’s status was an issue to be resolved by Israel and the Palestinians, who want eastern Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

In his speech this month announcing plans to move the embassy from Tel Aviv, President Trump called the decision, which had been a key campaign promise, “the right thing to do.” Critics said that in seeking to reward his political base at home, the president potentially sacrificed stability in the Middle East.

Since the announcement, violence in the region has escalated. There have been at least 27 rocket attacks from Gaza and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian demonstrators, along with calls by some for a new Palestinian uprising, Nickolay E. Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the Security Council.

Israel seized eastern Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and has declared the entire city to be its eternal and undivided capital. Disagreement over the city’s status has been a central impediment to peace in the region ever since.

Already there are signs that Mr. Trump’s decision has eroded the ability of the United States to act as an impartial arbiter in the peace process.

The Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, who had planned to meet Vice President Mike Pence on a visit to Jerusalem this week, canceled that meeting in protest. On Monday afternoon, Mr. Pence postponed his trip until January.

Riyad H. Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council that the Trump administration’s decision on Jerusalem reflected its “glaring bias” toward Israel and had “undermined its role in any future peace process.”

Israel praised the United States for standing with it. In a video statement posted on Twitter moments after the vote, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, compared Ms. Haley to the Maccabees, Jewish fighters whose capture of Jerusalem in the second century B.C. is commemorated during Hanukkah.

“You lit a candle of truth,” he said. “You dispel the darkness. One defeated the many. Truth defeated lies.”

Unlike President Obama, whose relationship with Mr. Netanyahu was tepid at best, Mr. Trump began working to forge a deep relationship with the Israeli government even before taking office.

A month before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, Michael T. Flynn, then the transition team’s national security adviser, contacted several foreign officials at the behest of Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, urging them to delay or block a vote on a Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s construction of settlements, according to emails of transition officials provided or described to The New York Times.
The Obama administration abstained from voting on the measure, allowing it to pass 14 to 0, in what was seen as a pointed rebuke of Israel by its American ally. Mr. Netanyahu and his allies were outraged.

In remarks before the Monday vote, Ms. Haley recalled that abstention last year, describing it as “a stain on America’s conscience.” Given a chance to vote again, she said, the United States would have vetoed that resolution.

The overwhelming message from other Security Council diplomats in the vote on Monday was criticism of the United States, even from strong allies like France and Britain.

Matthew Rycroft, the British ambassador, called the Trump administration’s Jerusalem stance “unhelpful to the prospects for peace in the region.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/world/middleeast/jerusalem-un-security-council.html
 

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