Israel rejects "historic" UN vote

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Israel rejects "historic" UN vote

<p>Watching the United Nations vote in the West Bank city of Ramallah, top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. </p> <p>The vote to reject America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “historic,” Erekat said: </p> <p>“This is a day for peace, this is a day where the international community said the two state solution on the 1967 lines is doable – the state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital to live side by side with the state of Israel in peace and security on the 1967 lines.”</p> <p>The non-binding vote has been the focus of frantic diplomacy by Israel and the US, in a bid to shore up support for America’s unilateral move. </p> <p>“Israel completey rejects this preposterous resolution,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video posted to Facebook. “Jerusalem is our capital. Always was, always will be. But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theatre of the absurd. So I appreciate that, and especially I want to again express our thanks to (US) President (Donald) Trump and Ambassador (Nikki) Haley, for their stalwart defence of Israel and their stalwart defence of the truth.”</p> <p>Trump’s decision to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem won’t take effect for several years but the prospect alone seems destined to further complicate efforts to bring peace to the region.</p>