“No country is going to tell the United States where we can put our embassy” in Israel, the US representative, Nikki Haley, has defended.
The United States yesterday vetoed a resolution backed by the rest of the UN Security Council to call for a reversal of its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the United States. Israel’s .
Fourteen of the fifteen Security Council countries – including Washington’s closest allies – supported the text, illustrating the American isolation following the announcement by President Donald Trump about the relocation of the Tel Aviv embassy to Jerusalem.
The Trump movement broke with years of international consensus on the city, whose final status must be agreed upon in a peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, according to United Nations. . “No country is going to tell the United States where we can put our embassy,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley said today , after vetoing the resolution. Haley defended that the Trump measure is a “sovereign” decision of her country and that it supposes a “recognition of the obvious”: that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
In a harsh speech, Haley attacked the rest of the countries by his vote in favor of the resolution and threatened possible consequences. “What we have seen today in the Security Council is an insult, it will not be forgotten,” said the diplomat.
The text, driven by Egypt in support of the Palestinians , reiterated the UN doctrine on Jerusalem and lamented the “recent decisions” on the status of the city, referring to the Trump measure, which did not mention explicitly.
In addition, she asked to rescind any decision contrary to what was set by the United Nations with regard to Jerusalem and, specifically, she called on all countries to avoid establishing diplomatic missions in the city.
The UN has been arguing for years that the conflict can only be resolved with the creation of a Palestinian State alongside Israel. For Palestinian leaders, the capital of that future state must be in the eastern part of Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied since 1967 .
Haley said yesterday, implicitly, the motion for a resolution blamed her country for harming prospects for peace in the Middle East, which she called “outrageous accusation.” “A peace process damaged by the simple recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is not a peace process, it is a justification for an endless blockade,” she argued.
A peace process damaged by the simple recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is not a peace process, it is a justification for an endless blockade
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN
THE FIRST VETO OF THE ERA TRUMP
Yesterday’s veto was the first to be exercised by the Trump administration in the UN Security Council; The US has been without this tool since 2011. “The fact that this veto is made in defense of US sovereignty and in defense of the US role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of shame for us, it should be for the rest of the Council of Security, “said Haley.
The rest of the Security Council, however, unanimously endorsed the resolution, underlining the American loneliness with regard to Jerusalem.
The United Kingdom , France , Japan , Italy or Ukraine , all close allies of the US, voted in favor of the Egyptian proposal, insisting that the language is in accordance with previous decisions of the Council. “We disagree with the US decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel before agreeing on the final status and moving the embassy,” said British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft. “As recent events have shown, these decisions do not help the prospects for peace in the region,” Rycroft said, marking distances with Washington.
The French representative, François Delattre, insisted that “without an agreement on Jerusalem there will be no peace agreement” and argued that the fate of the city can not go through the “unilateral decision of a third power.”
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the US veto and thanked Haley and Trump for their support. The Palestinians, meanwhile, considered “regrettable” that Washington has opposed “the rest of the world” and has gone against a position that until now had been respected by the entire international community, including previous US governments.
The Palestinian delegation to the UN now plans to take the issue before the General Assembly, the body in which the 193 Member States of the United Nations sit and where none have veto power, although their decisions are not binding.