Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

UN Votes On US' Recognition Of Jerusalem Status

UN Votes On US' Recognition Of Jerusalem Status

"This (Jerusalem plan) will only stir the anger of the Muslims", he asserted. About 20,000 security personally were at the rally, a police spokesman said, according to Reuters.

On December 6, Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a televised speech from the White House.

Pence is expected to try to push the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward after he lands in Jerusalem on Wednesday, US administration officials have said.

Trump made the announcement on December 6, saying at the time that the U.S. would be moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded", it said.

Rebuffing the move, an extraordinary Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul this week declared East Jerusalem (East al-Quds) to be Palestine's capital.

In a press statement, Malki said the leadership will ask all the member states of the UN General Assembly to vote on the same draft resolution that is to be submitted to the Security Council, as the U.S. will not be able to use the veto at the General Assembly.

The leaked Egyptian-drafted resolution obtained by Al Jazeera, however, does not mention the United States by name, saying it "deeply regrets recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem".

A Palestinian flag tied to ballons float away in Jerusalem
A Palestinian flag tied to ballons float away in Jerusalem

The draft also calls upon all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

"No vote or debate will change the clear reality that Jerusalem" is the capital of Israel, Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement on Saturday.

It demands that all member-states not recognise any actions that are contrary to United Nations resolutions on the status of the city.

Arab foreign ministers agreed to seek a UN Security Council resolution on the issue.

Backed by Muslim countries, the Palestinians are expected to turn to the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution rejecting the USA decision, if, as expected, the measure is vetoed by the United States at the council.

"This American position proves once again that the current USA administration is completely out of the peace process", he said.

In order to pass, the draft resolution would need to be backed by the other 14 members of the Security Council, including the permanent members: US, France, Britain, Russia, and China.

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