Palestinians slam 'unacceptable' US veto of Jerusalem UN resolution

AFP , Monday 18 Dec 2017

The Palestinian government slammed as "unacceptable" Monday a US veto of a draft UN resolution against President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said the veto was "unacceptable and threatens the stability of the international community because it disrespects it".

The 14 other countries on the Security Council voted in favour, but US Ambassador Nikki Haley exercised the American veto.

Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP in Arabic that the support for the resolution, which included US allies France, Italy and Japan, "showed the (American) isolation. The international community must work now to protect the Palestinian people."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately thanked Haley for her stance.

"Thank you, Ambassador Haley," he posted on his official Twitter account. "Truth defeated lies. Thank you, President Trump. Thank you, Nikki Haley."

Trump's December 6 announcement that he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv has faced heavy international criticism.

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