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'Rogue Nations Prevail' as US Vetoes UN Attempt to Nullify Trump's Jerusalem Move

"It's true that Trump just isolated the U.S. for the perceived benefit of Israel: strange behavior for an 'America First' adherent. But it's also true that the US has been isolating itself for decades for the benefit of Israel."

Indonesian men shout slogans at a large demonstration against the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 17, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The demonstrators whose number police estimated at 80,000 called for boycotts of American and Israeli businesses. (Photo: Ed Wray/Getty Images)

The U.S. once again found itself pitted against the international community on Monday when it single-handedly killed a U.N. Security Council resolution that sought to nullify President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump's move, which further normalized the occupation, sparked protests across the globe and earned the condemnation of Middle Eastern and European nations. The 14-1 vote on Monday—with every member of the Security Council uniting against the Trump administration—further solidified the status of the U.S. and Israel as "rogue nations," critics argued.

As Reuters notes, the draft resolution affirmed "that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status, or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void, and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council," but did not even mention the U.S. or Trump by name.

By vetoing the resolution, the U.S. stood by a move that Palestinian envoy to Britain Manuel Hassassian denounced as a "declaration of war" against Muslims.

In a speech to Security Council members ahead of Monday's vote, U.N. Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov noted that because "of the decision of the United States...the situation has become more tense" in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Several Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more injured in clashes with Israeli security forces during demonstrations in recent days. Two Palestinians were also killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, just days after Trump announced his decision to both recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy there.

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