Was the United States right to veto the Security Council resolution?

Screenshot from Al Jazeera English's YouTube video: US vetoes resolution on Trump's Jerusalem decision

The Trump administration exercised the U.S. veto power on the United Nations Security Council for the first time, Monday. Egypt put forward a resolution calling for all nations to comply with prior Security Council resolutions regarding Jerusalem. The vote was 14-1 in favor of the resolution. The United States was the lone vote against and, because of its veto power, defeated the resolution. The resolution was carefully worded and contained no mention of the United States or President Trump in the hopes of gaining as much support as possible.

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the vote, which was covered by CNN, “Today for the simple act of deciding where to put our embassy, the United States was forced to defend its sovereignty. The record will reflect that we did so proudly.” She added, “Today for acknowledging a basic truth about the capital city of Israel, we are accused of harming peace. The record will reflect that we reject that outrageous claim. For these reasons and with the best interest of both the Israeli and the Palestinian people firmly in mind, the United States votes no on this resolution.”

Palestine is now shifting their focus to the U.N. General Assembly when it comes to Jerusalem. Though the Assembly doesn’t have the same powers as the Security Council, a vote there could show just how little support the United States has on this issue. With what transpired today on the Security Council, a question comes to mind. Was the United States right to veto the resolution?

Al Jazeera English covering the U.S. veto of the United Nations resolution on Jerusalem:

The Issue

Was the United States right to veto the resolution? Does the United Nations have the right to tell the United States what to do internationally? Or, by vetoing the resolution, has the United States further isolated itself from the rest of the world?

Page 2: Arguments that the U.S. was right to veto the resolution

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