The US veto blocking the UN Security Council's draft resolution on Jerusalem is not a loss for the Palestinians, Arab and Muslim world.

 

The US Veto was highly expected for various reasons. It's difficult for the Arab and Muslim world not to approve a resolution rejecting Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

 

Last December, Nikki Haly made it clear that the era of UN's resolutions against Israel's interests "was over". Haly went on to consider the UN as being hostile against Israel. Obviously, the US envoy had had intentions to use the 43rd veto in the interest of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu has praised Haly's efforts.

 

The US veto has politically reinforced the draft resolution. It has confirmed that the international alignment supports the political, legal and historical status of Jerusalem. It has effectively paved the way to pass the resolution directly to the UN General Assembly in accordance with the principle of "Uniting for Peace". The draft resolution would then be a legal decision no less effective than the resolutions of the Security Council.

 

Haly has described the vote as an "insult that won't be forgotten", considering that it obstructs the peace process. This is not true.

 

Haley has ignored the will of 14 Security Council members, including 4 permanent members. The US' position highly undermines the international legitimacy and raises doubt about the effectiveness of the UN and the UN Security Council.

 

The US' positions against Palestinians and the Arab world have given terrorist organizations excuses to justify their crimes.

 

Before the vote, Haley said that the US "has sovereignty to determine to move its embassy to Jerusalem". But the US envoy has forgotten that major powers must abide by the international resolutions over Jerusalem's status.

 

Hayley considered the Resolution 2334, which condemns the settlement and which was passed by Obama's administration that elected to abstain in December last year, "is a shame" in the US' record.  "Given the chance to vote again on Resolution 2334, I would vote no," she said.

 

This is a strange and provocative challenge of the international will. The US is biased to Israel even if its interests are at stake.

 

Adoption of the resolution by the UN General Assembly, with more than 150 United Nations members, will establish a more powerful international legitimacy.

 

Some might think that this action is only symbolic. But the UN possible resolution will be as strong as the US' message. It will also isolate Washington and refrain its try to impose its will on the international community. The possible measure will also halt other countries from cloning the US model over this issue. In addition, it will counter Israel's attempts to pressure countries to follow the footstep of the US to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

 

The US veto is a vital gain for Arab and Egyptian diplomacy. It is embarrassing to the US. Political and diplomatic steps must go exactly in this way in order to reduce the consequences of Trump's move over Jerusalem.