US vetoes UN call for withdrawal of Donald Trump Jerusalem decision

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The Palestinian Authority on Monday slammed the United States for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution on Jerusalem, saying it will lead to the further U.S. isolation in the worldwide community, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council".

The draft resolution was backed on Monday by the 14 other Security Council members, including many United States allies, highlighting Washington's increasing isolation over an issue that has triggered mass rallies in support of the Palestinians in major worldwide cities. "It won't be forgotten", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said after the vote, adding that it was the first veto cast by the US in more than six years.

The resolution was denounced in furious language by the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who described it as "an insult" that would not be forgotten.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately thanked Haley for her stance.

Palestinian President's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in an official statement that the U.S. veto of the draft resolution "is against the worldwide consensus". Thank you, President Trump.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. 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's declaration unleashed widespread anger and rallies within Palestine and in major cities across the world.

"The United States chooses to disregard worldwide law and ignore the global consensus". The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.

Although it was certain from the beginning that such a resolution would be blocked by the veto-wielding U.S., the Arab world and its supporters had wanted to table a vote at the top United Nations body in order show the depth of global opposition for Trump's decision.

NPR's Michele Kelemen reported for newscast that Egypt sponsored the resolution in order to "demonstrate that much of the world opposes Trump's action, including USA allies on the security council, Britain and France, who see Jerusalem as a shared capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state".

The vetoed resolution would have demanded that all countries comply with 10 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.

A communique issued after the summit said the participants considered the move to be a declaration that Washington was withdrawing from its role "as sponsor of peace" in the Middle East.

"You lit a candle of truth".

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