Netanyahu Thanks Trump for 'Defending the Truth on Israel' Ahead of Expected UN Session on Jerusalem

The U.S. is expected to veto a UN Security Council resolution, drafted by Egypt, which seeks to nullify any decision that would change the status of Jerusalem

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, December 17, 2017.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, December 17, 2017.Credit: Abir Sultan/EPA
Noa Landau
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In opening remarks at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for what the prime minister called the president’s “determination and leadership in defending the truth on Israel” and for “rebuffing attempts to use the United Nations as a platform against Israel.”

“We will be warmly welcoming American Vice President Mike Pence here this week. He is a great friend of Israel. He is a great friend of Jerusalem,” Netanyahu added.

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The United States is expected to veto an Egyptian draft resolution on Jerusalem that is taking shape at the UN Security Council. The resolution would seek to affirm “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status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

The draft would also rely on Security Council Resolution 478, which in part “calls upon all countries to refrain establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.” There is disagreement, however, over whether the resolution’s reference to “missions” means only embassies or also consulates.

A large number of countries maintain consulates in Jerusalem.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, denounced the draft resolution Saturday. “During a period in which the Jewish people is celebrating the liberation of Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago, the Palestinians continue to try to reinvent history,” he said, referring to the holiday of Hanukkah. "No vote or debate will change clear reality. Jerusalem is and has always been the capital of Israel. We will continue along with our allies to fight for the historical truth this time too.”