Trump Declares Jerusalem To Be Capital Of Israel Against International Pressure; United Nations Votes Overwhelmingly In Support Of Resolution Calling For U.S. To Rescind This Recognition

 In Anti-Semitism, International Relations   Last Updated: January 3, 2018

Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy this month when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating outrage from Palestinians. Trump also plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.”

Under the 1947 UN Partition Plan to divide historical Palestine between Jewish and Arab states, Jerusalem was granted special status and was meant to be placed under international sovereignty and control.  This status was based on the city’s religious importance to the three Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

American evangelical Christians, “who believe that the right of the Jews to Jerusalem is enshrined in the Bible and that their presence there will usher in Judgment Day“, were lobbying strongly for Trump to make this decision.

The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital.”

Muslim and Christian leaders denounced this decision (including Pope Francis), and protests and rallies against this move were held in cities around the world.

On Thursday December 21, 2017 the United Nations passed a resolution “calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”  Out of the 193 countries in the United Nations, “a total of 128 countries backed the resolution, which is non-binding, nine voted against and 35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote.”

 

 

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Michelle Nichols. "Defying Trump, over 120 countries at U.N. condemn Jerusalem decision." Reuters, 21 December 2017. Web. 03 January 2018.
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