Arabs succeed as UN to end Israel settlements

After decades of blind eyes, the UN Security Council finally passed a resolution demanding Israel stop building settlements

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After the United States abstained from voting, the UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding Israel stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, a reversal of US practice to protect Israel from United Nations action.

The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and US President-elect Donald Trump. Israel and Trump had called on the United States to veto the measure.

It was adopted with 14 votes in favor, to a round of applause. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years.

Abbas: UN vote on settlements ‘a blow’ to Israel

A UN Security Council vote to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements is a blow to Israeli policy, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday.

“The Security Council resolution is a big blow to Israeli policy, a unanimous international condemnation of settlements and a strong support for the two-state solution,” spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah said in a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Israel rejects ‘shameful anti-Israel’ resolution

Israel will not abide by the terms of the resolution adopted, a statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms,” the statement said.

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