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US vetoes UN vote for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision

The US has vetoed a Security Council resolution on Jerusalem calling on all states to not establish embassies in the city. The measure expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem."

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The United States vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council to reaffirm Jerusalem's status as unresolved on Monday, following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital.

The remaining 14 council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution.
The draft needed nine backing votes from the Council's 14 members to pass, including no vetoes from the permanent members: the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China.

"What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won't be forgotten," said US Ambassador Nikki Haley, describing the measure as "one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Haley said it was the first veto cast by the United States in the Security Council in more than six years.

"We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance," she said. "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."

While the draft resolution did not directly mention Trump or the United States, it expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem."
Read more: UN to vote on resolution rejecting US Jerusalem decision

The drafted resolution, put forward by Egypt, said 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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded."
 

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Countries voting against UN Jerusalem resolution: - US - Israel - Guatemala - Honduras - Marshall Islands - Micronesia - Palau - Togo - Nauru
 

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What value do UN members hold when one country is able to veto against the majority! I would rather set home and save myself the hassle.
 

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Haley Warns Diplomats on Jerusalem: Trump Is Watching You
decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. December 18, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

That was the message U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley emailed to scores of members of the U.N. who are weighing whether to vote Thursday in favor of a General Assembly resolution urging the United States to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the President and U.S. take this vote personally,” Haley wrote in an email that was obtained by Foreign Policy. “The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue.”

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Haley said the U.S. is not asking other countries to follow its lead and move their embassies to Jerusalem, “though we think it would be appropriate.”

The U.S. ambassador’s remarks follow President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing nearly seven decades of U.S. foreign policy and shattering the U.N. consensus that the status of Jerusalem would be settled as part of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Trump’s decision drew expressions of condemnation from capitals around the world. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said the president’s decision disqualified Washington as a Middle East mediator, saying “a crazy person wouldn’t accept” the United States as a peace broker after Trump’s announcement.

The tough rhetoric hinted that the United States was weighing retaliating against those who defy America’s wishes. But several diplomats said any such threat would likely be empty, as the vast majority of U.N. members, including close allies like Britain and France, are likely to vote yes.

The letter went out a day after the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution, introduced by Egypt, that also urged the United States to reverse course, saying the decision by any government, including the United States, to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would “have no legal effect” and is “null and void and must be rescinded.” The resolutions, which gained the support of all 14 other U.N. Security Council members, left the Americans diplomatically isolated.

The United States portrayed its decision as a purely sovereign matter that merely codified decades of congressional support for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

“At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more,” Haley tweeted Tuesday. “So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”

In her letter to U.N. states, Haley noted that 22 years ago the U.S. Congress first declared “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, and that the U.S. Embassy should be located in Jerusalem. President Trump affirmed that declaration by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

The president’s decision, she noted, does “not prejudge final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.”

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She also noted that the president still supports “the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites.”

U.N. diplomats saw Trump’s action as an affront to the United Nations and the rule of law, a blunt repudiation of 10 previous U.N. Security Council resolutions on Jerusalem adopted since 1967, including a 1980 resolution calling on states that had already established diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to withdraw them.

Haley’s letter dominated diplomatic chatter at U.N. receptions at the residences of the Finnish and Japanese ambassadors.

“This is just political theater,” said one ambassador.

“Cowboy diplomacy,” said another diplomat who considers himself a friend of Haley’s. “What, is she saying, ‘I’m not your friend anymore?’”
 

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