The U.S. vetoed a draft United Nations Security Council resolution that urges President Donald Trump to withdraw his decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Washington cast the veto as 14 other members of the council voted in favor of the resolution, which said that decisions and actions changing the status of Jerusalem will have "no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded," Reuters reported Dec. 18.
Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the UN, called the council vote an "insult," saying it was "one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
"The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America's role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council," Haley said, adding that it was the first veto cast by the U.S. in over six years.
Trump announced Dec. 6 that the U.S. government will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and direct the State Department to start the process of moving the U.S. embassy to the city from Tel Aviv. The Arab League has warned Washington regarding the plan and the "dangerous repercussions" on peace and stability in the Middle East and on the prospects for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.
"The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy," Haley said.
Egypt's foreign ministry will meet with Arab states to evaluate the situation and determine their next actions following the U.S. veto, according to Reuters.