UN General Assembly rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

The United Nations General Assembly resolution, declaring US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as ‘null and void’, was passed with an overwhelming majority on 21 December 2017.

The resolution moved by Turkey and Yemen was passed despite US President Donald Trump’s threats to cut funding to US aid recipients who voted in favor. Overall, 128 nations including India voted in favour of the resolution, 9 voted against and 35 abstained from voting.

The symbolic vote by the General Assembly is not, however, legally binding.

The draft resolution rejecting the US move was sent to the General Assembly after it was vetoed by the United States at the Security Council on 18 December, although all other 14 council members voted in favour.

The resolution stresses on the fact that Jerusalem is a final status issue that requires being resolved through negotiations.

It demands that all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding Jerusalem, and not recognise any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.

The resolution was drafted following Trump’s announcement of shifting the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, officially recognising the ancient city as the capital of Israel.

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