The United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution to overturn President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after every other member voted in favor of the resolution, The Associated Press reports.
The Egypt-sponsored resolution was approved by 14 other members, signaling global opposition to Trump’s move.
“Arab nations knew in advance that the United States was certain to veto the resolution, but they sought the vote to demonstrate that countries everywhere and even many U.S. allies such as Britain, France and Japan are against Trump’s action,” The AP reports.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called the resolution an “insult.”
The move riled Palestinians to the point that President Mahmoud Abbas spoke out to say the US can no longer be a mediator in Middle East Peace.
“A crazy person wouldn’t accept” Trump in the peace negotiations, Abbas said.
The Palestinians want their capital to be east Jerusalem if a peace process is eventually brokered.
Haley claimed Monday that Trump “took great care not to prejudge final status negotiations in any way.”
Haley accused the members of the UN Security Council of “trying to distort the president’s decision to serve their own agendas.”
Again, all the other 14 members of the council, including US allies like the UK, France, Japan, Ukraine, Italy, and Sweden, all voted to approve the resolution.
.@USUN Ambassador Nikki Haley: Given the chance to vote again on Resolution 2234, I can say with complete confidence that the United States would vote no; we would exercise our veto power. pic.twitter.com/HZQ2YcjdVs
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 18, 2017