Palestinian Presidency Calls US Veto a Mockery of the International Community

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Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday expressed regret at the UN Security Council's failure to pass the Egypt-drafted resolution on Jerusalem due to the USA veto.

The push for a vote - which came in the knowledge that the USA would use its veto - followed Trump's decision to upend decades of policy by declaring that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that he plans to move its embassy there. The vote has underlined once again the widespread global opposition to the US move, even among some of its closest allies.

Under a 1950 resolution, an emergency special session can be called for the General Assembly to consider a matter "with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures" if the Security Council fails to act.

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".

He added that the Arab group in the United Nations will convene later to assess the situation and determine the next step in order to defend the status of Jerusalem.

On what happens if the USA vetoes the resolution, Rycroft said the US could speak for itself that they would be vetoing the text because it was not in line with its own position. What they are saying "What we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult".

The veto cast by US Ambassador Nikki Haley highlighted Washington's isolation over Trump's announcement that the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the city.

Ahead of the vote, Haley said the Security Council was putting peace out of reach by "injecting itself" into the conflict and passing judgement on issues that should be decided by direct negotiation between the parties.




"The U.S. should not insist on this position contrary to worldwide law".

"We are ready to become an honest mediator here", he said.

"Given the chance to vote again", said Haley to the Council, "I can say with complete confidence, we would vote no and exercise our veto power".

The resolution that was vetoed would have called on "all states to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the holy city of Jerusalem", citing a 1980 council resolution.

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.

And then hope that PA President Mahmoud Abbas - the guy who premised his Ph.D. thesis on denying the existence of the Holocaust - will "control" Hamas, the virulently anti-Semitic offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which in its 1988 charter - and affirmed every year to this very day - refuses to recognize the State of Israel's right to exist and is committed to jihad to destroy every last vestige of Israel and every Jew on earth.

"Thank you, Ambassador Haley", he posted on his official Twitter account.

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.

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