Arabs succeed as UN to end Israel settlements

The United States is likely to abstain on the resolution, which was abruptly withdrawn by council member Egypt on Thursday. (AFP)

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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