UN Security Council to vote on draft resolution rejecting Trump’s Jerusalem recognition

United Nations General Assembly hall in New York City. (Photo: Patrick Gruban/Wikimedia Commons)

The United Nations Security Council will vote on a draft resolution rejecting President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Monday.

The draft resolution was submitted by Egypt last month and claims that “Any decision 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status, or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded,” and “calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to resolution 478 (1980) of the Security Council.”

The United States, which is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, is expected to veto the resolution.

The vote will take place after a discussion of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which labels all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as illegal, and calls for Israel’s complete withdraw from 1967 borders. 13 of the 14 permanent members of the Council voted in favor of the resolution last year, the United States under the Obama Administration abstaining, essentially voting in favor.

Reports released Monday morning claim the Palestinian Authority will use the United States’ veto of the resolution in order to gain support from the Security Council. There have also been reports that Abbas has been looking into using a clause in the UN Charter that could bar the United States from voting on Monday, or null a veto, as well as additional attempts through legal loopholes through past resolutions.

Last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the Palestinians would seek full membership at the United Nations. It is expected to submit its request for full membership through Egypt or Bolivia in the coming weeks.

A spokesman for the PA warned US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on the expected veto, stating Monday the Palestinians “will show her their position is isolated and rejected internationally,” warning that the PA would call for an emergency session of the Security Council, stating, “If the resolution is vetoed, the Palestinian delegation can send a letter to the UN Secretary General and ask him to resume the emergency session.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Dannon, responded to today’s scheduled vote stating, “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. No vote or debate will change the clear reality.”

The White House reiterated its commitment to the peace process, responding to Abbas’s anti-US rhetoric and actions over the past two weeks stating “This rhetoric, which has prevented peace for years, is not surprising, as we anticipated reactions like this. We will remain hard at work putting together our plan, which will benefit the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. It is also important to ignore the distortions and instead focus on what the president actually said last week—the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final status negotiations between the parties.”

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, December 18, 2017, and reposted with permission.