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Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday expressed regret at the UN Security Council's failure to pass the Egypt-drafted resolution on Jerusalem due to the USA veto.
The Egyptian-drafted resolution did not specifically mention the USA or Trump but expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem".
Trump's decision broke with decades of US policy and global consensus that Jerusalem's status must be left to Israeli-Palestinian talks, leading to harsh criticisms from Muslim countries and Israel's closest European allies, who have also rejected the move.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the US should no longer be involved in brokering a Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, for his part, strongly attacked the United States and accused it of supporting Zionist work in Palestine since its inception.
"It is in line with previous Security Council resolutions, and we call on all parties to renew efforts in favour of a long and sustained and a sustainable peace in the Middle East".
The draft resolution was backed on Monday by the 14 other Security Council members, including many United States allies, highlighting Washington's increasing isolation over an issue that has triggered mass rallies in support of the Palestinians in major worldwide cities. "It won't be forgotten", she said, describing the measure as "one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".
Explaining the negative vote, US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley said it had been done to protect her country's sovereignty and its right to choose where to have its embassy.
Speaking after the vote, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, said: "It is paradoxical that while we were waiting for a peace plan from the USA, the administration instead made a decision to further obstruct peace and delay its realisation".
Safronkov said Russian Federation will also "continue to encourage all Palestinian parties to overcome the internal rifts as quickly as possible".
Netanyahu compared Haley to the Maccabees, Jewish warriors commemorated during the current Jewish holiday of Hannukkah for revolting against Hellenic rulers, rededicating the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and establishing a Jewish Kingdom in Judea. One defeated the many.
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