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Every single nation on the United Nations Security Council cast a symbolic vote against U.S. President Donald Trump's recent decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but as expected, the U.S. vetoed the resolution.

Despite a 14 to 1 vote, the U.S. veto means that the nearly unanimously supported resolution, which was drafted by Egypt, did not pass on Monday, The Guardian reported.

The move by the U.S. marks the first-time the administration of President Trump has decided to use its veto power in the top UN council.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley blasted the other security council members, which include close American allies such as France and the United Kingdom, calling their votes a challenge to her nation's sovereignty.

"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," Haley said after the vote, according to CNN.

"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."

While the resolution did not specifically call out Trump's plan to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was seen as a stern rebuke to the decision.

The resolution "reaffirmed ... that Israel's establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders," according to NPR.

Additionally, it said that the Council would not recognize any changes to the June 4, 1967 lines, "including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the two sides through negotiations".

Trump's Jerusalem decision came despite criticism from leaders around the world. The move also went against decades of established U.S. foreign policy and stands in stark contrast to the international consensus regarding Palestine and Israel.

In response to the move, protests have erupted throughout the Middle East and around the world. Muslim leaders have also called for the recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine's official capital. 

In recent days, Turkish and Lebanese leaders have also expressed intentions to establish embassies to Palestine in the occupied city.