The resolution is nonbinding and therefore largely symbolic. Previously, many Security Council resolutions , which have the force of international law, have warned that Jerusalem’s status is unresolved, that claims of sovereignty by Israel are invalid and that the issue must be settled in negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. Israel denounced Thursday’s vote.
The American ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, called the vote “null and void,” declaring that “no vote in the United Nations will make any difference” on the United States’ plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, which she called “the right thing to do.” “We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” she also said of the vote. The United States Mission to the United Nations issued a statement saying the 35 abstentions, coupled with 21 delegations that were absent, representing a significant chunk of the total membership of 193. “History records names, it remembers names — the names of those who stand by what is right and the names of those who speak falsehood,” said Riad Malki, the Palestinian foreign minister.