UNITED NATIONS (AP) – One by one, 14 members of the U.N. Security Council spoke out against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at an emergency meeting on Friday, some with regret and some with anger at the 15th member, the United States.
It wasn’t the first time that the U.S. stood alone in defending its close ally, Israel, in the U.N.’s most powerful body. Over decades, it has vetoed many council resolutions it viewed as harmful to Israel.
But this was a rare rebuke for an action the United States took that in the eyes of the rest of the council and most of the world clearly violates U.N. resolutions and decisions that Jerusalem is an issue to be resolved by Israel and the Palestinians in peace negotiations on a two-state solution.
Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon, speaking immediately afterward, praised Trump’s courage and urged all nations to follow the United States by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving their embassies to the holy city.
“There will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel,” he said. “And that will never change.”
Traditional U.S. allies in the Security Council, including Britain, France, Sweden, Italy and Japan, criticized Trump’s decision, all insisting that Jerusalem’s status must remain unresolved until final Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
In a joint statement, ambassadors from France, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Britain disagreed with Trump’s decision, saying “it is not in line with Security Council resolutions and is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”