United States vetoes United Nations vote on status of al-Quds

United States vetoes United Nations vote on status of al-Quds”

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.

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN has rejected a USA veto in the United Nations Security Council that called for a resolution against President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. It had the backing of 14 of the 15 countries on the Security Council, including U.S. allies Britain, France, Japan and Ukraine. What was the wording of the draft resolution? The draft without mentioning the United States recent move, expresses regret over the recent Trump's decisions concerning Jerusalem's status. The proposed resolution stated, "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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council".

Currently, Palestine is a "non-member observer state", meaning that it has the right to speak but not vote on resolutions.

The US veto came almost a year after the previous US administration abstained in a council vote condemning Israeli settlements, allowing that measure to pass.

In an effort to keep Washington from exercising its veto power, the text did not mention the USA by name, saying instead it "deeply regrets recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem". "We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance", Haley went on.

Following the USA veto, Egypt's Foreign Ministry said Arab states, which had agreed earlier this month to seek a Security Council resolution, would meet to evaluate the situation to determine what their next steps might be.

Nearly a year after entering the Oval Office, US President Donald Trump presented his new national security strategy, titled "A new National Security Strategy for a New Era".

The US "recognition of the obvious" that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel was "too much for some", Haley said.

Despite the barrage of criticism regarding the US's waning role, the Trump administration has continuously reaffirmed its commitment to the Middle East peace process going so far as stating that within the context of the Jerusalem declaration, "there is a very good opportunity for peace to be achieved". Why is this a problem?

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.

"What we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult". Let it be known that the United States has blocked 14 resolutions on the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1990 and has blocked a total of 20 UN Security Council documents over the UN's existence.

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