UN Security Council Considers Jerusalem Resolution

Palestinian protesters step on US and Israeli flags and on a portrait of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Gaza City

The draft is expected to find broad support among the 15-member council, but will nearly certainly be vetoed by Washington.

The UN Security Council is expected to vote Monday on a resolution confirming the global status of Jerusalem and outlawing any changes to it - which implies the recent U.S. move to recognize it as the capital of Israel.

"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 Egyptian resolution does not mention the US or Trump by name but expresses "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".

The United Nations Security Council will discuss on Monday a draft resolution opposing unilateral change in the status of Jerusalem, Turkish foreign ministry sources said Sunday.

The draft resolution obtained by AFP stresses that Jerusalem is an issue "to be resolved through negotiations" and expresses "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem", without specifically mentioning Trump's move.

The Security Council could vote on the one-page draft as early as next week.

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status, or demographic opposition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council", the draft states, according to Reuters.

Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon "strongly condemned" the draft, dismissing it as an attempt by the Palestinians "to reinvent history". Still, diplomats said the Egyptian-drafted text has wide support, according to the Reuters news agency.

The Security Council consists of five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the USA, as well as 10 non-permanent members.

The announcement by the U.S. president generated outrage from Palestinians and Muslims across the world.

It does not specifically mention the U.S. or its recent decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, but it implies a call on Washington to withdraw it.

Trump's decision on the status of Jerusalem has sparked protests in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The global community does not recognize the move and considers the status of the city to be one of the core problems of the Middle East conflict, which should be resolved on the basis of an agreement with the Palestinians, who claim the eastern part of Jerusalem.

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

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