The United Nations Security Council votes, November 17, 2017.
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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council meets at the request of eight states on the 15-member body over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council meeting was made by France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay, said diplomats.
PLO Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour called on the council “to act swiftly” to avoid “this extremely dangerous
situation, which constitutes a threat to international peace and security,” according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
The Palestinians have argued that the declaration, including the decision to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, runs counter to past Security Council decisions, including Resolution 242 passed in 1967 and Resolution 2334 approved in December 2016.
It also goes against Security Council Resolution 478, approved in 1980, which specifically called for embassies not to be located in Jerusalem.
These texts reject Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, particularly in area over the pre-1967 border.
It’s expected that the US, one of five Security Council countries with veto power, would block any action against Israel.
Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday, generating outrage from Palestinians and defying warnings of Middle East unrest. Trump also plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
His statements sparked widespread protests that unfolded across the Arab and Muslim world on Friday following noon prayers.