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UNSC to Vote on Resolution Rejecting US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital


FILE -U.N. Security Council meeting.

The UN Security Council plans to vote on a draft resolution Monday rejecting U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

As a permanent council member, the U.S. will likely veto the Egyptian-sponsored text.

Reuters says the resolution does not mention the United States or President Donald Trump by name. But the draft expresses "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem."

The draft also appeals to all U.N. members to refrain from setting up an embassy in Jerusalem.

"Any decision and actions which purport to have altered the character, status, or demographic opposition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council," the draft states, according to Reuters.

There has not been any response so far from the U.S., but its reply will likely come as a veto Monday.

President Trump said his decision last week to recognize Jerusalem and eventually move the U.S. embassy there is "recognition of reality," saying the city is not only the historic capital of the Jewish people but the capital of modern Israel.

Many European nations and others call Trump's decision the wrong one at this time and say they have no plans to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Israel says Jerusalem has always been its undivided eternal capital.

But the Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and claim the U.S. announcement wrecks the peace talks.

The United States says the physical location of its embassy has no bearing on talks toward a two-state solution in the Middle East.

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