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US vetoes UN call for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision

By Reuters - Dec 19,2017 - Last updated at Dec 19,2017

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley raises her hand as opposed to the vote on a draft resolution that would reject US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a meeting on the situation in the Middle East including Palestine on Monday, at UN Headquarters in New York (AFP photo)

UNITED NATIONS — The United States was further isolated on Monday over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.

The remaining 14 council members voted in favour of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem”.

 The draft also 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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council”.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington’s Western allies.

Trump also plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

“In the wake of the decision of the United States... the situation has become more tense with an increase in incidents, notably rockets fired from Gaza and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces,” UN Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council ahead of the vote. 

He was briefing the council on the implementation of a resolution adopted in December 2016 that demanded an end to Israeli settlement building. Mladenov said that “no such steps” had been taken by Israel. 

That resolution was approved with 14 votes in favour and an abstention by former US president Barack Obama’s administration, which defied pressure from Israel and Trump, who was then president-elect, for Washington to wield its veto.

“We call on all sides to come and negotiate... Not to come to the Security Council or to the General Assembly, it’s a waste of time. The only way to move forward is by direct negotiations,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters before the vote on Monday.

The draft resolution had also called upon all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

“It is in line with previous Security Council resolutions,” British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said of the text voted upon on Monday.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

 

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council before the vote: “The United States has an undiminished commitment to helping bring about final status negotiations that will lead to lasting peace. Our hand remains extended to both parties.”

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LOVELY COMMENT FROM PAUL. IT WILL BE NICE IF PAUL CAN UNDERSTAND THAT AS RECOMMENDED BY UNITED NATIONS, JERUSALEM IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL BUT THE ISSUE IS WHERE THE BOUNDARY LINES ARE SPECULATED. AT THE SAME TIME AS STATED BY THE UN RESOLUTIONS, EAST JERUSALEM WILL BECOME THE CAPITAL OF PALESTINE STATE. ITS KIND OF SILLY FOR BOTH PARTIES TO CONTINUE THEIR STATE OF WAR WITH NO END IN SIGHT. AGAIN IF I MAY ASK PAUL WHICH PARTY WAS HELPED IN OUR PRESIDENT RECENT DECLARATION, WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER? SURELY THE PALESTINIANS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT'S CHANGE OF THE PEACE APPROACH WAS UN-NECESSARY AND COUNTER PRODUCTIVE. NOW THE WHOLE WORLD HAS SEEN THE UNSC VOTE AND NO VETO VOTE CAN NOT DILUTE THE FACT THAT WE ARE THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT IS READING THE TEA LEAVES WRONG IN A 14 TO 1 VOTE COUNT. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD FIRST TABLE HIS PLANS, BRING THE TWO PARTIES TOGETHER AND FORCE THEM TO RECOGNISE ONE-ANOTHER SO THAT THEY CAN BEGIN A TALK ABOUT JERUSALEM STATUS. CAN MR PAUL GET INTO ANY LETIGATION WHERE THE JUDGE FIRST DECIDE WHICH PARTY IS RIGHT?. THE ISUUE NOW HAS CREATED A VERY DIFFICULT DELIMA FOR OUR FRIENDS IN ISRAEL AND THE WHOLE MUSLIM WORLD AND MOSTLY OUR FRIENDS WHO ARE LEADERS IN THE ARAB WORLD. THE WHOLE MISCALCULATION IS NEITHER GOOD FOR US OR THE ISRALIS. WATCHING THE TEXT OF THE SPEACH BY UK, FRANCE, AND ALL THE SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, IT IS JUST NOT GOOD AND IN FACT THE BALANCE THINKING HAS VERY WELL SHIFTED TO THE PALESTINIANS SO THAT WHOLE EXCERSISE OF DECIDING THE RESULT OF ANY NEGOCIATION BEFORE THE SAID NEGOCIATION IS A USULESS WORK DONE BY MACHINE (FRICTION). WHAT IS NEXT?. ALL THESE BOMBASTIC SPEACHES HAS NO VALUE AND WILL NOT DO THE WORLD ANY GOOD NEVER MIND THE TWO PARTIES. MAN IS A MAN IN A SOCIETY AND SO MAN OUTSIDE A SOCIETY IS EITHER A BEAST OR A GOD AND SO WE ALL LIVE IN A SOCIETY OF LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS AND TREATIES EITHER INTERNATIONAL OR LOCAL. WE GO TO UN WHEN WE HAVE A CASE AND WHEN WE WIN, WE ARE FREE TO DO AS WE WISH AND IF THIS IS THE CASE, HOW DO YOU THINK THAT IT IS OK FOR THE WORLD TO RULE AGAINST WHAT HAS BEEN ALREADY RULED. REMEMBER THE LEGAL DOCTRINE OF " IT HAS BEEN DICIDED ". THE WORLD NEED PEACE AND STABILITY AND THE ONLY WAY TO GET THERE IS THE RESPECT FOR LAWS, RUES AND REGULATIONS. YOU CAN NOT TELL ME THAT ALL WAHT OUR PAST PRESIDENTS HAVE SEEN, CONSIDERED IT AND LEFT IT AS RULED BY UN IS WRONG. YOU CAN NOT ALSO TELL ME THAT ALL OUR PAST PRESIDENTS BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ARE WRONG AND MR TRUMP IS RIGHT. HOW I WISHED THAT THE LATE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL IS ALIFE TODAY TO RESPOND TO YOUR UNDIVIDED JERUSALEM STAND NEVER MIND OTHER PAST ACTORS. EMOTIONS ARE ONE THING AND THE RULES OF INTERNATIONAL LAWS ARE AOTHER AND SO LET US GIVE PEACE A CHANCE BY ELIMINATING ANY FORM OF POLITICS WITH PEACE AND WAR SITUATIONS. WE SHOULD GET OFF THE TAGENT OF SUPPORTING OUR FRIENDS WITH HYPERBOLIC PROJECTILE THAT COULD DILUTE THEIR CASE. JERUSALEM BY THE WAY IS A HOT SPOT AND VERY SENSITIVE CASE IN THE EYES OF THE WHOLE WORLD IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE, RELIGION, FAITH AND/OR ETHNICITY. I WILL BE GLAD TO GET A RESPONSE FROM PAUL.

Dr Samuel, so you want to be fair do you - Obama in 2008?

"Let me be clear. Israel's security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable.

"The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognised and defensible borders."

"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided. I have no illusions that this will be easy."

NOW THE ARAB WORLD HAS SEEN THAT THE DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION OF OBAMA WS FAIR, FRIENDLY TO ALL SIDES AND YET
MAINTAINED THE RULE OF LEGAL DOCTINE. AS A REMINDER, MOST ARAB LEADERS DISLIKED OUR LAST PRESIDENT.

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