Security Council Resolution on Jerusalem

Security Council Resolution on Jerusalem

A total of 128 countries voted in favor of a resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Nine countries voted against and thirty five other countries abstained in favor of the resolution.

Seven countries,  Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands have joined Israel and the United States in voting against the resolution.

Of the thirty five countries abstaining, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, Philippines, Romania and Rwanda. Ukraine, which supported the draft resolution in the Security Council, was among twenty one countries that did not attend the voting session.

For his part, Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki, said that the US decision will not affect the status of the city of Jerusalem in any way, but it will affect the status of the United States as a broker for peace. Maliki added "Jerusalem is the key to peace and war in the Middle East."

The Palestinian presidency welcomed the UN resolution and considered it a victory for Palestine. She also praised the international community's stand alongside the Palestinian right. On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, rejected the decision of the General Assembly. Netanyahu said "Israel rejects the UN resolution, Jerusalem is our capital." "I really appreciate the increasing number of countries who refuse to participate in this absurd play," he added.

The United States vetoed a draft resolution submitted by Egypt to the Security Council warning of the serious consequences of the US decision and calling for its abolition. The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, announced that the Arab countries will ask the General Assembly to pass a binding resolution to all United Nations institutions, condemning the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The resolution adopted by the General Assembly at its emergency session calls upon all countries to comply with Security Council resolutions concerning Jerusalem and to refrain from recognizing any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.