Palestinians push for resolution on Jerusalem at UN | 2017-12-15 |

Palestinians push for resolution on Jerusalem at UN

    15 December, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Palestinians push for resolution on Jerusalem at UN

UNITED NATIONS: Palestinian diplomats want the UN Security Council to vote on a draft resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, even though the measure would almost certainly face a US veto, diplomats said Wednesday.


Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour told AFP that the text would demand that the United States scrap the decision on Jerusalem, but other diplomats suggested the wording would not be so strong.


Egypt was expected to circulate a draft resolution to council members, possibly as early as this week, according to senior council diplomats.


Mansour said late Tuesday that he was working on a draft text that would “reaffirm the positions of the Security Council and ask the Americans to rescind.”


The United States found itself isolated at the Security Council last week when all 14 other members including allies Britain, France and Italy condemned the decision, which broke with international consensus.


The status of Jerusalem, a city holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims, is perhaps the most sensitive issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Israel sees the entire city as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern sector, which Israel seized in the 1967 war and later annexed, as the capital of their future state.


Several UN resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from territory seized during the 1967 war and have reaffirmed the need to end the occupation of that land.