Tuesday, December 30, 2014

U.N. Rejects Palestinian Statehood Resolution; Pressed for Israeli Withdrawal from West Bank

A Palestinian-backed United Nations Security Council resolution setting a deadline for a peace deal with Israel failed to garner sufficient votes for passage today (December 30, 2014), according to the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website.

The resolution was aimed at achieving a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by the end of 2017.

Eight nations of the 15-member Security Council voted yes, two voted no, and five abstained. Nine votes were required for passage.  The no votes came from the United States -- Israel's strongest ally -- and Australia.

Had nine yes votes been obtained for passage of the resolution, the United States was expected to exercise its Security Council permanent status veto power, thus still causing the resolution to be rejected.

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