Palestinian Presidency Calls US Veto a Mockery of the International Community

Palestinian Presidency Calls US Veto a Mockery of the International Community

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.

"Any decision 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status, or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded", the draft states.

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.

On what happens if the US vetoes the resolution, Rycroft said the USA could speak for itself that they would be vetoing the text because it was not in line with its own position.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the Security Council resolution "an insult" that won't be forgotten, saying the United Nations forced the U.S.to cast a veto simply because of its right to decide where to put its embassy.

"In the wake of the decision of the United States ... the situation has become more tense with an increase in incidents, notably rockets fired from Gaza and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces", U.N. Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council ahead of the vote.

Palestinian Presidency Calls US Veto a Mockery of the International Community
Palestinian Presidency Calls US Veto a Mockery of the International Community

The Egypt-sponsored resolution, which avoided naming the USA or Trump directly, sought to express "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem" and asked other countries not to follow suit and move their embassies to a city considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas had already scrapped a meeting with Pence and his Fatah faction had called for mass protests during the visit which had been initially been scheduled for Wednesday.

But Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in some of his sharpest rhetoric since Trump's announcement, reiterated in public comments to senior Palestinian officials Monday that he will no longer accept the U.S.as a Mideast mediator. East Jerusalem, which Palestinians are seeking as the capital of their state, was occupied by Israel in 1967.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video on his Twitter account in which he thanked Haley for the USA veto. It countered an worldwide consensus that Jerusalem's status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

"Since '67 Israel has controlled the entire city, but the worldwide community there's been a consensus that until the Arab-Israeli conflict is resolved finally and peacefully that no country wants to prejudice the outcome of what's going to happen to Jerusalem because the original United Nations decision was that it would be held in an global zone", Fischbach said.

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