Netanyahu rejects UN resolution on Jerusalem

Netanyahu rejects UN resolution on Jerusalem

The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the U.S. will still move its embassy to Jerusalem. Any decisions regarding the status of the city are "null and void" says the text of the resolution.

Those who voted against Trump's move also disregarded his threat of cutting aid to countries that backed the draft resolution and called out the United States president for "bullying".

"We're watching those votes".

A negative vote or veto from one of the Council's five permanent members China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States blocks passage of a resolution.

Most African countries voted in favour of the resolution. The move was condemned by many countries who believed it would jeopardise peace talks between Israel and Palestine. The UN can not dictate to Israel or any other country which of its cities it has to recognize as a capital.

"This resolution is nothing more than a distraction", Danon said.

The Palestinian leaders were very quick to thank the member states who rejected Trumps unilateral decision "despite all the pressure exerted on them".

The discussion over the General Assembly resolution began at the behest of Turkey and Yemen after an Egyptian-sponsored measure at the U.N. Security Council was vetoed by the USA earlier this week.

However, as the U.S. does not have veto power in the General Assembly, the resolution came through after it was submitted by Yemen and Turkey.

Turkey on Thursday welcomed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)'s rejection of a USA decision on Jerusalem's status and called on the U.S. administration to rescind its decision without delay, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

A Palestinian man has succumbed to his wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces along the border between Gaza Strip and Israel last week, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry on Saturday.

Ahead of the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the United Nations a "house of lies" and said Israel "rejects this vote outright".

The remaining 128 countries pulled an global party foul, according to Haley, who had warned before the vote that "the U.S. will be taking names".

Spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rdainah: "The vote is a victory for Palestine". It is interesting to see how the USA will respond to all of this.

Notably out of the 35 countries who abstained from voting, those in the Pacific included Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, said late on Thursday that her country will carry on with plans of shifting its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and warned of repercussions for countries who voted against US decision. America will put its embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do.

Israel denounced Thursday's United Nations vote, likening it to a 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism, said the newspaper. She also added that she had been directed by President Trump to report back to him a list of countries that voted against the resolution.

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