The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that showed the depth of global opposition to the USA move.
Trump said his decision is a "recognition of reality" that Jerusalem is not only the historic capital of the Jewish people but also the capital of modern Israel.
The draft resolution was backed on Monday by the 14 other Security Council members, including many U.S. allies, highlighting Washington's increasing isolation over an issue that has triggered mass rallies in support of the Palestinians in major worldwide cities.
A spokesman for the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, responded to the veto by saying it was "unacceptable and threatens the stability of the global community because it disrespects it".
The Egypt-sponsored resolution, which avoided naming the United States or Trump directly, sought to express "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem" and asked other countries not to follow suit and move their embassies to a city considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent state.
"We will not accept the U.S.as a mediator in the peace process and this American position must be met with several measures", he said, highlighting that a special committee will be formed to look into relevant United Nations resolutions and propose new ones.
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"We declare our rejection of the United States as a political mediator because it has sided with Israel".
It came ahead of a planned trip by the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to Jerusalem on Wednesday that was set to take place amid a deep rupture in U.S.
U.S. wields its United Nations veto over status of Jerusalem Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there Resolution expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".
China has called for unity of the United Nations Security Council and the worldwide community at large over the issue of Jerusalem and for common effort toward peace in the Middle East.
Along with the UK, France, Russia, and China, the U.S. is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, with the power to block any resolution from passing with the use of a veto.
Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad Malki said the Palestinian Authority will resort to the UN General Assembly with a new draft resolution against the USA move.
Randolph-Macon College history professor Michael Fischbach told VOA that Trump's decision overturned decades of USA policy as well as what had been "global consensus" against setting Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
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Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid expressed regret in a written statement.
In an effort to keep Washington from exercising its veto power, the text did not mention the U.S. by name, saying instead it "deeply regrets recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem".
Abu Zeid noted that the Arab group in the United Nations will gather to assess the situation and discuss the steps to be taken for the protection of Jerusalem's status.
Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the U.S. veto "represents a complete bias with the [Israeli] occupation and aggression", CNN reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the USA for using its veto in a video posted to Facebook. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state. "The worldwide community must work now to protect the Palestinian people".
"We are ready to become an honest mediator here", he said. The resolution scored support of 14 members of the UN Security Council.
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Ali Karadaghi, secretary general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) headquartered in Qatar, described the decision on his Twitter account as 'terror and a challenge for all countries'.