Two of the close allies of Israel were among the 11 nations who opposed the United Nations General Assembly resolution calling Jerusalem solely by its Muslim name.
Based on the UN resolution, Jerusalem is only called by its s Arabic name of al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).
A total of 129 countries supported the resolution and 11 voted against it, with 31 abstentions.
Among the nations opposing the resolution are the United States and Australia.
The US said the resolution is “morally, historically and politically wrong” since it denies Jewish ties to the site.
Australia for its part said the country is opposed to one-sided resolutions that single out Israel.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom another ally of Israel decided to abstain from voting.
In a statement, the United Kingdom explained it is important to recognize the importance of Jerusalem to all three monotheistic religions — Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
“The resolution adopted today refers to the holy sites in Jerusalem in purely Islamic terms, without recognizing the Jewish terminology of ‘Temple Mount.’ The U.K. has made clear for many years that we disagree with this approach, and while we welcome the removal of the majority of these references, we are disappointed that we were unable to find a solution to the final instance,” UK said in a statement.