USA vetos United Nations resolution on Jerusalem

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The Palestinian ambassador to the UN has rejected a U.S. 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.

The Egyptian-drafted resolution did not specifically mention the US or Trump but expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem". It had the backing of 14 of the 15 countries on the Security Council, including U.S. allies Britain, France, Japan and Ukraine.

"The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America's role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us", said Haley.

"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".

Haley called the resolution and the votes for it "an insult".

This was the first time the United States exercised its veto since Trump became President.

After a vote in the UNSC on a draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem on Monday, Wu Haitao, charge d'affaires of China's permanent mission to the United Nations, said the issue of Palestine is at the core of Middle East peace and a root-cause issue.

In his rant in last week's letters section against President Trump's bold decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Jon E. Weinstein first disclaims how noble he and "both major parties" were in the 1980s in supporting this very move.

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"Regrettably one state chose to oppose the whole world and to stand against the whole world with regard to this long-standing issue", Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour told the council.

It came ahead of a planned trip by the USA vice-president, Mike Pence, to Jerusalem on Wednesday that was set to take place amid a deep rupture in U.S. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, now occupied by Israel, as the capital of their future independent 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.

With the Palestinians rejecting US mediation, Russian Federation said it was ready to take over.

And it would have called for intensified and accelerated global and regional efforts to achieve Middle East 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.

In Netanyahu's words, "One defeated the many, truth defeated lies".

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