Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting, the American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said that “Israel will never be bullied into an agreement by the United Nations” or countries with a disregard for Israel’s security.  Haley has also said that the US has not yet taken a position on the boundaries and border of Jerusalem, nor is it calling for changes to the existing arrangements on holy sites. She also reiterated the US commitment to the peace process, which she said has credibility with both Israelis and Palestinians.

Earlier, United Nations’ Middle East envoy responded to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, warning of the risk of “violent escalation” following the US president’s announcement. Nickolay Mladenov said that Trump’s decision has caused “anxiety across the Middle East and beyond,” but has been “widely welcomed in Israel.” He went on to state that he is “particularly concerned about the potential risk of violent escalation.” “We continue to follow developments on the ground very closely. We all understand and respect the symbolic religious and emotional charge that Jerusalem holds for people across the region and beyond.” READ MORE