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The draft resolution, which stresses that the status of Jerusalem “must be resolved through negotiation”, could be put to the vote as early as Monday

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution seeking to reject US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel.

Egypt circulated a text on Saturday, obtained by AFP, which notably requests that the unilateral decision taken by the United States be revoked. This draft resolution could be put to the vote on Monday.

Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has sparked Palestinian anger, protests across the Muslim world and near-unanimous disapproval from the international community.

The draft resolution stresses that the status of Jerusalem “must be resolved through negotiation” and expresses “deep regret over recent decisions on Jerusalem,” without mentioning the United States by name.

The text also affirms that “any decision or action aimed at altering the character, status or demographic composition” of Jerusalem “has no legal force, is null and void and must be revoked”.

Diplomats expect the United States to veto the resolution, which is expected to receive support from the other 14 members of the Security Council.

Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon at the UN Security Council on July 25, 2017. (UN/Manuel Elias via Israel's UN Mission)

The Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, "strongly condemned" the draft resolution, which he said was an attempt by the Palestinians to "reinvent history".

“No vote or debate will change the obvious reality that Jerusalem has been and always will be the capital of Israel,” he said in a statement.

“This week, we will warmly welcome US Vice President Mike Pence. He is a great friend of Israel; he is a great friend of Jerusalem. Once again, I would like to especially thank President Trump and his administration for their determination to stand up for the truth about Israel, for vigorously rejecting attempts to use the UN as a platform against Israel, and for [their] support general. We will warmly welcome him here and in the Knesset,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning.

Israel annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem, which it took control of during the 1967 war, then passed a law in 1980 making the Holy City its “indivisible” capital.

This annexation has never been recognized by the international community and the Palestinians consider East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Several UN resolutions have called on Israel to withdraw from territories seized in the 1967 war.

In 1980, the Security Council adopted a resolution declaring that "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which seek to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity ".

The United States abstained in that vote, allowing the measure to pass.

Source: UN considers resolution rejecting Trump's move on Jerusalem


  • Deborah Wolkowicz Breillat
    Posted December 18th 11h07 0Likes

    If the Security Council wants to be credible on this specific point "that any decision on Jerusalem has no legal force" why did it not denounce the decisions of UNESCO Affirming a right of sovereignty of "Palestine" On the Temple Mount? Especially since UNESCO is an agency affiliated with the UN.

  • Hazen
    Posted December 19th 9h13 0Likes

    Jerusalem is and was the spiritual capital of the people of Israel. Even the Quran of Muslims only cited Banou Israel and Never Palestine since Islam was born in Mecca and at the death of Mohamed this Islam was surrounded between Yathrib (Medina and Mecca)
    Palestine is a pure invention of the Pan-Arabs during the Cold War, thus taking advantage of the east-west divisions.
    Israel has the right to choose its spiritual city as its administrative capital, it is its right.
    Arab-Muslims have the Mecca Medina Karbalaa … to make their endless pilgrimages.
    Trump is a Courageous and honest Male President. He's only doing justice to whom it may concern

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