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Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Applauds U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley and Trump Administration for Vetoing Security Council Resolution Rejecting Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Posted on December 18, 2017 In Press Releases

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – applauded U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and the Trump Administration, for vetoing a proposed UN Security Council resolution calling for the withdrawal of President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 14 other member-states voted in favor of the Egyptian resolution.

The vote comes less than two weeks after President Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and marks the first time since the presidential elections that the U.S. has exercised its veto power in the Security Council. Ambassador Haley denounced the resolution as an insult, and noted that the U.S. “will not forget this.”

Orthodox Union President Mark (Moishe) Bane stated:

“We strongly applaud Ambassador Nikki Haley and the Trump Administration for defending its decision and for once again standing by its ally, Israel. Jerusalem has been the political, cultural and spiritual homeland of the Jewish people for thousands of years, and it is truly shameful for the international community to once again attempt to deny this.”

Orthodox Union Executive Director for Public Policy Nathan Diament stated:

“Coming almost exactly one year after the prior Administration abstained from an anti-Israel resolution in the Security Council (Res. 2334) – the veto cast by Ambassador Haley, and her powerful statement that this Administration would have cast a veto one year ago, is a welcome affirmation that the U.S. is standing strongly by Israel.”