The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was presented a resolution on Saturday that if passed, will call for US President Donald Trump to rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The one-page resolution was drafted by Egypt last week and the Palestinian Authority demanded the UNSC vote on the resolution as soon as possible. Reuters reported that the resolution did not specifically name President Trump or the US.
“Any decisions 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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council”, the text read.
The draft resolution also “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.”
It is unclear how this wording will exempt the Palestinian Authority from claiming Jerusalem as their capital or permit the more than one dozen diplomatic missions to the Palestinian Authority that already exist in Jerusalem.
Though the resolution has, according to most opinions, the necessary nine votes to pass the 15-member council, it seems likely the US will veto it.
Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon slammed the resolution.
“As Jews around the world are celebrating Hanukkah, the liberation of Jerusalem two-thousand years ago, the Palestinians continue to try to reinvent history,” he said in a statement emailed Saturday night from New York. “No vote or debate will change the clear reality that Jerusalem has and always will be the capital of Israel. Together with our allies, we will continue to fight, once again, for historical truth.”
Source: Israel in the News