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US Vetoes UN Resolution against Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Dec 19
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Recently, President Trump caused controversy with his bold announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Following that announcement, the United Nations Security Council took steps to overturn the President’s decision, forcing the U.S. to exercise its veto power.

According to, 14 countries opposed Trump’s decision and were in support of a resolution that would have reversed it. Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, was forced to use the U.S.’s veto power in support of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem.

The UN resolution, which was even supported by close U.S. ally the United Kingdom, read 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."  

Haley told the Council that the U.S. has the right as a sovereign nation to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move its embassy there.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the U.S.’s decision, and stated, “One defeated the many, truth defeated lies.”

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell added his commentary to the U.S.’s actions:

"There is a possibility ... that other nations might follow the U.S. lead, and one Christian leader told us this could be the starting gun of a beginning of nations coming up here," Mitchell said. "They've talked about the Czech Republic, the Philippines, Tanzania.

"So we could see other nations actually breaking precedent with the United Nations and coming here to Jerusalem," said Mitchell. 


Photo courtesy: MatthewBrosseau

Publication date: December 19, 2017