The Palestinian Authority on Monday ruled “unacceptable” the US veto of a UN resolution condemning Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, expressed his gratitude to the United States.
“The United States’ reprehensible and unacceptable veto threatens the stability of the international community by the lack of respect it reveals,” Nabil Abu Roudeina, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, told AFP.
“Thank you, Ambassador Haley,” Netanyahu tweeted, citing US UN representative Nikki Haley. “You have lit the flame of truth, you have dispelled the darkness … The truth triumphed over the lie. Thank you President Trump. Thank you Nikki Haley”
Fourteen of the 15 members of the Security Council, including the closest European allies of Washington, London and Paris, approved Monday a text submitted by Egypt calling for the revocation of Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement on Jerusalem. The United States, as a permanent member, used its veto to block the resolution.
The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises. Keeping his words, the president announced on the 6th of December that the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of the state to which the inspire.
Trump’s decision was widely criticized by the Palestinians as well as the international, including Muslim states like Egypt and Turkey but also traditional US allies like France and the UK.
Following the announcement, thousands of people protested around the world, burning US and Israeli flags.