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"The fact that this veto is being done in defence of American sovereignty and in defence of America's role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council", Haley said. He abruptly reversed decades of USA policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington's western allies.

Currently, Palestine is a "non-member observer state", meaning that it has the right to speak but not vote on resolutions.

With all the other 14 members of the Council, including its allies Britain and France, uniting against the US, Permanent Representative Nikki Haley cast the veto-powered negative vote killing the resolution on Monday. He said he hopes for "overwhelming support" telling the Trump administration that the worldwide community doesn't accept the US position, which he said violates global law and Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.

"All countries except for the Trump administration acted in unison in this vote".

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Trump's December 6 announcement that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv has faced heavy worldwide criticism.

Trump has been working on a new Mideast peace plan and says he remains committed to brokering a deal, despite the Jerusalem move. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

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"Thank you, Ambassador Haley", he posted on his official Twitter account.

The resolution that was vetoed would have called on "all states to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the holy city of Jerusalem", citing a 1980 council resolution.

Washington's closest allies, France and Britain, came out ahead of the vote to declare their backing for the measure, which they stressed was in line with positions enshrined in United Nations resolutions adopted over several decades.

The status of the city must be decided through negotiations and "not by the unilateral decision of a third country that would bring us back a century", said French Ambassador Francois Delattre.

The Palestinians condemned the USA veto as "unacceptable" and vowed to turn to the UN General Assembly to push for a resolution condemning the decision. What was the wording of the draft resolution?

Resolutions by the General Assembly are non-binding, but a strong vote in support of the resolution would carry political weight.