The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is taking issue with Jamaica’s abstention at yesterday’s United Nations general assembly vote to reject President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Isreal.
Jamaica is among 35 nations that abstained during the vote. Other Caribbean states that abstained include Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Dominican Republic.
Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Lisa Hanna, says the PNP would not have abstained.
The UN resolution had overwhelming support from UN member states.
It repudiates President Trump’s decision, seen globally as a threat to a 2-State solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Ms. Hanna says the Opposition is perplexed by the lack of an explanation for why Jamaica abstained from the vote.
Both the Jewish and Muslim communities hold the city of Jerusalem sacred in their religions making its final status fundamental to the peace process.
The Palestinians wish to have East Jerusalem as the capital of their future State.
The vote on the resolution followed threats made by the Trump administration to withdraw US support from nations that voted in favour of rejecting its declaration on Jerusalem.