The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution to reject US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel.
Egypt has circulated Saturday a text, which asks in particular that the unilateral decision taken by the United States be revoked. This draft resolution could be put to vote on Monday.
Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked Palestinian anger, demonstrations in the Muslim world and almost unanimous reprobation by the international community.
The draft resolution stresses that the status of Jerusalem “must be resolved through negotiation” and expresses “deep regret over the recent decisions on Jerusalem”, without mentioning the United States by name.
The text also states that “any decision or action aimed at altering the character, status or demographic composition” of Jerusalem “has no legal force, is null and void and must be revoked”.
Diplomats expect the United States to veto the resolution, which should be supported by the other 14 members of the Security Council.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, “strongly condemned” the draft resolution, which he said is an attempt by Palestinians to “reinvent history”.
“No vote or debate will change the obvious reality that Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel,” he said in a statement.
Israel annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem, which it took control of during the 1967 war, and passed a law making the Holy City its “indivisible” capital.
This annexation has never been recognized by the international community and the Palestinians regard East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Several UN resolutions called on Israel to withdraw from the territories seized during the 1967 war and reaffirmed the need to end the occupation.
In 1980, the Security Council adopted a resolution declaring that “all the legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, aimed at changing the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity “.
The United States abstained in that vote, allowing the adoption of the measure.