Breaking News – United Nations (NEWZ247) One by one, 14 members of the U.N. Security Council spoke out against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at an emergency meeting on Friday, some with regret and some with anger at the 15th member, the United States.
It wasn’t the first time that the U.S. stood alone in defending its close ally, Israel, in the U.N.’s most powerful body. But this was a rare rebuke for an action the United States took that in the eyes of the rest of the council and most of the world clearly violates U.N. resolutions and decisions that Jerusalem is an issue to be resolved by Israel and the Palestinians in peace negotiations on a two-state solution.
She gave no details but noted that past Israeli-Palestinian agreements have been signed on the White House lawn, and if there is a new agreement there is “a good likelihood” it will be signed there as well “because the United States has credibility of both sides.”
But Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour who spoke after council members said the Trump administration’s decision on recognition “undermines and essentially disqualifies its leadership role to seek peace in the region.”
Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon, speaking instantly afterward, praised Trump’s courage and urged all nations to follow the America by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving their embassies to the holy city.
“There will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel,” he said. “And that will never change.”
In a combined announcement, ambassadors from France, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Britain disagreed with Trump’s decision, saying “it is not in line with Security Council resolutions and is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”
France’s U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre expressed regret at the U.S. decision, citing legal grounds, its impact on efforts to reach a two-state solution, and the potential escalation of violence.
Egypt’s U.N. Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta called the U.S. recognition “a dangerous precedent,” saying “Jerusalem is a city under occupation and it is not permissible legally to take any action.”
The U.N.’s Mideast envoy Nikolay Mladenov, who informed the council, called for urgent international efforts to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace, warning that if the battle isn’t resolved “it risks being engulfed in the vortex of religious radicalism throughout the Middle East.”
He said there is a risk of escalating violence following Trump’s decision and “a serious risk” of “a chain of unilateral actions” that would push the goal of peace further away.
Bolivia’s U.N. Ambassador Sasha Llorenty Soliz said the U.S. leader’s unilateral action affects the multi-cultural and multi-religious identity of Jerusalem and “is extremely damaging — it’s irresponsible because it further exacerbates the already unstable situation in the Middle East.”