UN Security Council considering resolution rescinding US Jerusalem recognition

JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the Trump administration for supporting Israel at the United Nations, as the U.N. Security Council considers a draft resolution that would rescind the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Netanyahu on Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting “express(ed) special appreciation for the determined leadership of President Trump and his administration in defending the truth of Israel, for vigorously rejecting the attempts to use the U.N. as a platform against Israel and for [their] general support.”

Netanyahu’s remarks come after a one-page draft resolution submitted by Egypt was circulated to the Council on Saturday. The resolution does not mention the United States or Trump by name, Reuters reported.

The council could vote early next week on the resolution, which the United States is likely to veto.

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The permanent members of the 15-country council, United States, France, Britain, Russia or China, can veto a measure, effectively nullifying it.

The test of the resolution “affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.” The resolution also calls on U.N. member states to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to resolution 478 (1980) of the Security Council.”

The United States earlier this month recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said it would begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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