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UN vote on Jerusalem sets a historic precedent

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The vote on Jerusalem at the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 21 is not just a strong response and denunciation against United States President Donald Trump’s unilateral, illegitimate decision on one of the most sensitive issues in the world but also a development that has set a historic precedent in international relations.

At first glance, the vote that isolated Trump with an overwhelming majority backing the resolution that declared his Jerusalem decision as null and void, will have serious consequences on international diplomacy and regional issues.

Here are some of them:

- The vote at the General Assembly has revived the power of the international community and has shown that the president of the sole super power in the world will not be able to make a law by himself on issues concerning peace, security and stability in the world. Trump’s fait accompli on Jerusalem was rejected as his earlier attempts to annul a nuclear agreement with Iran were not backed by the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, as well as the European Union. Only less than a year since he has come office, President Trump’s charisma has been seriously tarnished after subsequent diplomatic........

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