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Waiting for US to Resolve Palestinian Issue Wasting Time: Hamas

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, condemned US veto of a UN resolution against Washington’s decision on al-Quds (Jerusalem) and said waiting for the US to resolve the Palestinian issue is nothing but a waste of time.

The US move to use its veto power to prevent a UN Security Council resolution proposed by Egypt on Quds proves that regarding Washington as an impartial mediator and pinning hopes on its moves to resolve the Palestinian issue is tantamount to “chasing a mirage and wasting time”, Hamas said in a statement on Monday.

The statement further denounced US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Quds as the capital of the Israeli regime and said the holy city is the eternal capital of Palestine and no decision can change the reality.

Hamas also pledged that the group would use all its power to prevent such plans by the US from being implemented.

In another statement released on Monday, the Revolutionary Council of the Palestinian Fatah movement condemned Washington’s veto of the UNSC resolution and said the US is complicit in the Israeli regime’s oppression of the Palestinian people.

Fourteen members of the 15-member council voted on Monday in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically name the US or Trump but expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem,” while US Ambassador Nikki Haley wielded Washington’s veto against the call.

Washington’s key allies, the UK, Italy, France, Ukraine and Japan were all among the 14 countries that voted in favor of the measure, which asserted that “any decisions and actions, which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem (al-Quds) have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

Trump officially declared the disputed city Israel's capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.

In a speech at the White House on December 6, Trump said his administration would also begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The announcement was a major shift by Washington that overturns decades of US foreign policy.

Palestinian leaders had previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.

Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.