At a press conference in Washington on the 6th of December, Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, sending the world into tumult. Additional disturbances were elicited by his re-positioning of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thereby keeping his election promise.
After this announcement, global protests started: Germany, the UK and China have warned against changing the status of Jerusalem; Turkey has invited all members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to a special meeting; Jordan and the Palestinians applied for a urgent meeting in the Arab League and Palestinian groups have called for demonstrations. Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan also threatened to cancel diplomatic relations with Israel. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was called to discuss the issue.
The UN Security Council voted on a draft resolution expressing regret to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Trump decision wasn’t named directly but the resolution clearly pertains to his case. The result was an agreement with the resolution draft but the USA used their veto right to quash it. The results would have been 128 votes in favour, 9 votes against and 35 abstention. Later, the US government criticized this result and, according to “The Guardian,” his UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, has said that the USA will remember who voted for the resolution draft.
One of the only states who supports Trump’s decision is the government of Israel. To show their gratefulness, Israel named a train station after Donald Trump which would be positioned near the “Wailing Wall”.