U.S. vetoes United Nations vote on status of al-Quds



The United States was further isolated on Monday over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn, reported Reuters.

The Egypt-drafted text sought to ensure that any attempts to alter the characteristics or demographic composition of the Old City of Jerusalem had no effect and were rescinded.

Rycroft said his country believes that Jerusalem is a final-status issue and that Jerusalem should be a shared capital for Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad Malki said the Palestinian Authority will resort to the UN General Assembly with a new draft resolution against the US move.

The vote came less than two weeks after Trump's controversial speech, which reversed decades of U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A spokesman for the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, responded to the veto by saying it was "unacceptable and threatens the stability of the global community because it disrespects it".

Trump's announcement triggered denunciations and demonstrations around the world.

Turkey will continue to follow developments on the issue to ensure the recognition and preservation of Jerusalem's status as Palestine's capital, Bozdağ added. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.

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Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15-member council that backed the measure, highlighting Washington's isolation.

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, said the issue of "moving as quickly as possible toward direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations" is becoming more important, and he reiterated Russia's proposal to hold a summit between the Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

Safronkov said Russian Federation will also "continue to encourage all Palestinian parties to overcome the internal rifts as quickly as possible".

"We are ready to become an honest mediator here", he said. "We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance", Haley went on.

The vetoed resolution would also have reiterated a call to reverse "the negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-state solution" that would see the states of Israel and the Palestine living side-by-side in peace.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the USA should no longer be involved in brokering a Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Netanyahu compared Haley to the Maccabees, Jewish warriors commemorated during the current Jewish holiday of Hannukkah for revolting against Hellenic rulers, rededicating the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and establishing a Jewish Kingdom in Judea.

Indeed, our president is letting the world know - including the anti-Semitic United Nations cesspool in Manhattan - that their historical Jew hatred will not be tolerated and that politics-as-usual will take a back seat to the enduring truths of the Bible, in which the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob mandated that their inheritance of the land of Israel is totally immutable.

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