This draft resolution, which stresses that the status of Jerusalem "must be resolved through negotiation", could be put to the vote on Monday
The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution to reject US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel.
Egypt circulated a text, obtained by AFP on Saturday, which demands that the unilateral decision taken by the United States be revoked. This draft resolution could be put to the vote on Monday.
Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked Palestinian anger, demonstrations in the Muslim world and almost unanimous reprobation by the international community.
The draft resolution stresses that the status of Jerusalem "must be resolved through negotiation" and expresses "deep regret over recent decisions on Jerusalem", without mentioning the United States by name.
The text also states that "any decision or action to alter the character, status or demographic composition" of Jerusalem "has no legal force, is null and void and must be revoked".
Diplomats expect the United States to veto the resolution, which should be supported by the other 14 members of the Security Council.
Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, "strongly condemned" the draft resolution, which he says is an attempt by Palestinians to "reinvent history".
"No vote or debate will change the obvious reality that Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel," he said in a statement.
"This week, we will warmly welcome US Vice President Mike Pence. He is a great friend of Israel; he is a great friend of Jerusalem. Once again, I would especially like to thank President Trump and his administration for their determination to defend the truth about Israel, for vigorously rejecting attempts to use the UN as a platform against Israel and for [their] support general. We will warmly welcome him here and to the Knesset, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning.
Israel annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem, which it took control during the 1967 war, and passed a law in 1980 making the holy city its "indivisible" capital.
This annexation has never been recognized by the international community and the Palestinians regard East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Several UN resolutions called on Israel to withdraw from the territories seized during the 1967 war.
In 1980, the Security Council adopted a resolution declaring that "all the legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, aimed at changing the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity ".
The United States abstained in that vote, allowing the adoption of the measure.
Source: UN examines resolution rejecting Trump's decision on Jerusalem
If the Security Council wants to be credible on this precise point "that any decision on Jerusalem has no legal force" why did it not denounce the decisions of UNESCO Affirming a right of sovereignty of "Palestine" On the Temple Mount? Especially since UNESCO is an affiliated agency of the UN.
Jerusalem is and was the spiritual capital of the people of Israel. Even the Qur'an of Muslims cited only Banu Israel and never of Palestinius since Islam was born in Meque and at the death of Mohamed this Islam was surrounded between Yathrib (Medina and the Meque)
Palestine is a pure invention of the Pan Arabs during the Cold War, thus taking advantage of the east-west divides.
Israel has the right to choose its spiritual city as Administrative capital is its right.
Arab Muslims have Meque Medine Karbalaa ... to make their endless pilgrimages.
Trump is a courageous and honest man. It only does justice to whoever