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United Nations to vote Monday on name for US Jerusalem choice…

United Nations to vote Monday on name for US Jerusalem choice…

As one of the body's five permanent members, the U.S. wields veto power over any resolution, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.is nearly certain to shoot the measure down.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", the president said during a speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, ordering the State Department to move the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that the United Nations has done much more harm to peace in the Middle East than progress in any settlement.

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Monday on a draft resolution regarding the status of Jerusalem, less than two weeks after US President Donald Trump declared the city Israel's capital.

The one-page document, which was drafted by the Egyptian delegation, would declare that any decision on the status of Jerusalem would have no legal effect and must be reversed.

The draft also demanded that "all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not to recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions".

The scheduled vote was reported by Reuters and AFP on December 17, with both agencies citing unidentified diplomats.

The UN Security Council began an emergency meeting on Trump's decision.

Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon "strongly condemned" the draft, dismissing it as an attempt by the Palestinians "to reinvent history".

In order to pass, the resolution would need the votes of nine of the 15 members of the council.

The leaders of Islamic countries who gathered for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in mid-December also called for East Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of Palestine in response to the United States move.

The text also calls on all United Nations member states not to move their diplomatic missions to Jerusalem.

The draft resolution calls on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the U.S. lead. Back in December 2016, the UNSC adopted a resolution that explicitly said the global community "will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations".

Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

The protesters said Trump's decision on Jerusalem is not acceptable.

The Palestinians had sought a toughly-worded draft resolution that would have directly called on the USA administration to scrap its decision.

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