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    UNSC passes resolution to end Israeli settlements

    Fri Dec 23, 2016

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has passed a resolution censuring Israel for its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories after the US refused to veto it, reversing its longstanding policy of shielding the Israeli regime from condemnatory resolutions at the world body.

    The Egyptian-drafted resolution was passed with 14 votes in favor and one abstention on Friday.

    Egypt had withdrawn the measure after the Israeli regime asked US President-elect Donald Trump to pressure the North African country to delay voting on the draft resolution.

    Israel, wary of indications that the US might veto the resolution, turned to Trump for support , who has defended Israel against condemnation for the settlement construction, and slammed the Obama administration for the "shameful move" against Tel Aviv.

    It is the first resolution on Israel and the Palestinians that the 15-member body has passed in about eight years.

    The Security Council was initially scheduled to vote on the resolution on Thursday.
    However, on Friday, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela put forward the draft again, which called on Israel to "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem" al-Quds.

    It also said the construction of Israeli settlements has "no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law."


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    Israel was wary of indications the US might NOT veto the resolution. I'm delighted it passed but face it, it'll accomplish nothing tangible, on the West Bank.


    • #3
      It might not accomplish anything yet but, it's a precedent. Future American presidents will have more opportunities to at least allow, maybe introduce, more UN resolutions against the occupation. Future presidents won't have to take the big step of being the first to do so.

      It's also had the bonus effect of harming israel's relations with the countries who pushd the resolution.


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