The United Nations Security Council is due to vote Monday on a draft resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The draft resolution was initially circulated by Egypt, expressed deep regret at the recent decision and affirmed that "any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition" of Jerusalem "have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded".
Washington's closest allies, France and Britain, came out ahead of the vote to declare their backing for the measure, which they stressed was in line with positions enshrined in United Nations resolutions adopted over several decades. Talking about a possible U.S. veto of the draft resolution, Rycroft said the U.S. continues to play an important role in the Middle East peace process.
Explaining the negative vote, US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley said it had been done to protect her country's sovereignty and its right to choose where to have its embassy.
After the vote, Haley lashed out at the other members of the Council, calling the proceedings "an insult" that "won't be forgotten".
US policy had held that the status of Jerusalem is an issue to be decided in peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
He will discuss in Paris the establishment of an worldwide mechanism to replace the United States as a mediator for the peace process, based on the French initiative previous year, which culminated in a peace conference attended by 25 foreign ministers from Arab and European countries and the United States, but issued a statement without clear mechanisms or a time limit.
Indeed, our president is letting the world know - including the anti-Semitic United Nations cesspool in Manhattan - that their historical Jew hatred will not be tolerated and that politics-as-usual will take a back seat to the enduring truths of the Bible, in which the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob mandated that their inheritance of the land of Israel is totally immutable.
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US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Jerusalem on Wednesday, wading into the crisis over one of the most controversial issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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.
Pence's trip to Egypt and Israel was pushed back to mid-January to allow the USA vice president to remain in Washington during a vote on Trump's tax bill, a White House official said.
Israel seized control of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital.
He said the issue of Palestine is at the core of Middle East peace and China has consistently supported and pushed forward the Middle East peace process.
"The draft resolution received 14 votes in favor..."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the USA for using its veto in a video posted to Facebook. The draft resolution also called upon all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.
After the vote, Wu Haitao, charge d'affaires of China's permanent mission to the United Nations, called for unity of the United Nations Security Council and the global community at large over the issue of Jerusalem and for common effort toward peace in the Middle East.