The United Nations General Assembly adopted two resolutions on Wednesday presented by Egypt on Jerusalem and the Golan. 129 countries supported the resolution, 11 voted against it, and 31 abstained including, Austria, Brazil, Germany, India, Kenya, the Netherlands, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. referring to the Temple Mount only as “al-Haram al-Sharif”, the resolution called for “upholding unchanged the historic status quo at the Haram al-Sharif,” and called any actions by Israel to impose its laws on the city of Jerusalem “illegal.”
The Arabic reference is ironic as it means “the noble sanctuary” and is a reference to the Jewish Temples that stood at the site. It is also ironic that the resolutions come during the holiday of Hanukkah that commemorates the Jews conquering Jerusalem and rededicating said temple over 2,000 years ago.
The resolution, referring to Israel as “the occupying power”, called for all countries “not to render aid or assistance to illegal settlement activities.” Implicit in this statement is that aid provided by European entities to Muslim-Arab settlements that are built in contravention of the negotiated Oslo Agreement is acceptable. The resolution only decries aid given to settlements housing Jews.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, called the resolution an attempt to “erase Jewish history in our eternal capital.”
“But the bond between the Jewish people and their capital would never be erased,” Erdan declared. Erdan also noted that “by voting in favour of these resolutions, the international community is directly contributing to prolonging the conflict.” He emphasized that the sole purpose of the resolutions was “to demonize his country, he called it the only vibrant democracy in the Middle East and a beacon of human rights.” Her also noted that the Palestinians rejected the Abraham Accords which “have created real people‑to‑people peace”.
The United States opposed the resolution, saying it is “morally, historically and politically wrong for members of this body to support language that denies” both Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism.
“The UN shows contempt for both Judaism and Christianity by adopting a resolution that makes no mention of the name Temple Mount,” said Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch. The site, where the first and second Jewish temples once stood, “is sacred to all who venerate the Bible,” he added.
The “Palestinian ambassador”, Riyad al-Malik, welcomed the Jerusalem resolution.
“Occupied Jerusalem was and will remain an essential part of the land of the State of Palestine and its eternal capital,” said Riyad al-Maliki, the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The General Assembly passed two other resolutions attacking Israel. The second resolution referred to “the occupied Syrian Golan”, and “demanded that Israel withdraw from the territory.”
The United States formally recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in 2019 and, in gratitude, a town was named Trump Heights.
The third resolution called for intensified efforts by the Israelis and Palestinians to end the conflict between them through a two-state solution.
The two-state solution requires the creation of an unprecedented Palestinian state inside the borders of Israel that has been ethnically cleansed of Jews with its capital in Jerusalem that prohibits Jews from visiting their Biblical holy sites. This is based on the same tenets of negotiated “peace” that created Gaza.