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19 December, 2017

The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that showed the depth of global opposition to the USA move.

The Egypt-sponsored resolution, which avoided naming the U.S. or Trump directly, sought to express "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem" and asked other countries not to follow suit and move their embassies to a city considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims. It had the backing of 14 of the 15 countries on the Security Council, including USA allies Britain, France, Japan and Ukraine. It is the first time in the UNSC in more than six years, US-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says.

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon addresses the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, US, December 8, 2017.

"The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy", she said. She described the vote as an "insult" that "won't be forgotten".

US President Donald Trump revealed his new strategic plan noting that for many generations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been interpreted as the main factor preventing peace in the region.

"We declare our rejection of the United States as a political mediator because it has sided with Israel".

United States wields its United Nations veto over status of Jerusalem Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there Resolution expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem". Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement and other groups organized mass protests while its rival, the Gaza-based Islamic militant group Hamas, has called for a third violent uprising against Israel.

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Prior to the Jerusalem decision, a fracture emerged last month when Trump threatened to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Washington office.

Israel took over East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and declared the whole city of Jerusalem as its eternal capital in 1980.

"The U.S. should not insist on this position contrary to worldwide law".

This has infuriated the Palestinians and Arab countries, which have strongly protested against the US move. It countered an global consensus that Jerusalem's status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

A communique issued after the summit said the participants considered the move to be a declaration that Washington was withdrawing from its role "as sponsor of peace" in the Middle East. The United States is a genuine the Balfour Declaration...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately thanked Haley, posting on Twitter: "Truth defeated lies".

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