Palestinian Presidency Calls US Veto a Mockery of the International Community

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017.

The Egyptian-drafted resolution did not specifically mention the US or Trump but expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".

Russian Federation is offering to play the role of an "honest moderator" in the Israel-Palestine conflict after the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution, which was supported by 14 nations of the 15-member body. "It won't be forgotten", said the US' ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley highlighting that this was Washington's first use of the veto power in more than six years.

The resolution was denounced in furious language by the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who described it as "an insult" that would not be forgotten.

"The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy", she said after the veto.

Haley told the council "the United States has never been more committed to peace in the Middle East", and called accusations that the U.S.is setting back the prospect for peace "scandalous".

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.

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That resolution, which had 14 votes in favor, "reaffirmed ... that Israel's establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under global law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders".

Under a 1950 resolution, an emergency special session can be called for the General Assembly to consider a matter "with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures" if the Security Council fails to act.

Britain's Permanent Representative Matthew Ryrcroft reflected the views of the other members when he said the USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital had no legal affect and his country disagreed with it.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, for his part, strongly attacked the United States and accused it of supporting Zionist work in Palestine since its inception. This has infuriated the Palestinians and other Muslims across the world. Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in an action not recognized internationally.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the US should no longer be involved in brokering a Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

And it would have called for intensified and accelerated worldwide and regional efforts to achieve Middle East peace.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Haley and Trump in a Facebook video, saying: "You lit a candle of truth".

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