The Trump administration angered much of the world earlier this month by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A startling UN Security Council vote Monday showed how far America’s closest allies are willing to go to try to force the White House to change course.
The diplomatic fight flared after 14 of the 15 members of the UN Security Council approved a measure “expressing deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem,” a clear nod to the Trump administration.
The US immediately vetoed the resolution, but the overwhelming margin of the initial vote highlighted the administration’s growing isolation over Jerusalem. The measure was drafted by Egypt on Sunday and drew support from Britain, France, and other nations with longstanding and warm ties to Washington.
The draft resolution reaffirmed that Jerusalem is an issue “to be resolved through negotiations” and that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem “have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”
“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the council after the veto.
“What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten,” she said, describing the measure as “one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Trump’s controversial move sparked strong condemnation from many world leaders and led to protests in several places around the world.
Trump called the decision “nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality” and said that it did not indicate the United States was giving up its position as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.