The UN security Council on 14 votes “for” adopted a resolution which forbids Israel to build new settlements in the Palestinian territories, reports Reuters.
Initially it was assumed that the draft resolution failed because the United States will impose on it the veto. However, the representative of the United States refused this step. The representative of the Israeli Cabinet, Yuval of Steinitz has called Washington’s decision “a betrayal”. “This is not a resolution against settlements. This is the resolution against Israel, against Jews, against the state of the Jews. USA today simply betrayed his only ally in the middle East,” he said.
The decision of the us Ambassador to the UN also condemned the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain, who called the incident a “blow to the peace process”.
President-elect Donald trump responded to the incident message on twitter: “as for the UN, then everything will change after January 20”. January 20 — the day of the inauguration of the new head of the White house.
In turn, the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power explained the U.S. decision not to impose a “veto” that new settlement activity “undermines the security of Israel.”
The official representative of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rdainah called the decision of the security Council “a serious blow to Israeli policy and support policy for the creation of two States”.
The document was developed and proposed by the Egyptian delegation, but on Thursday the Cairo withdrew it, under the pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and elected President of the USA of Donald trump. About this channel NBC reported the press Secretary of the trump Sean Spicer, referring to telephone conversations of politicians with Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi.
After the rejection of Egypt’s draft resolution submitted four sponsor: Venezuela, Malaysia, New Zealand and Senegal. According to the analyst of the CFR’s Elliott Adams, prescribed in the resolution, the definition of Israeli settlements as a “violation of international law” can lead to serious diplomatic consequences for Israel.
The settlement of Israelis in the territory, formally owned by the Palestinian authority, began to emerge after Israel’s victory in the six day war of 1967. The draft UN resolution proposes to outlaw all this half a century of activity. There are now more than 500 settlements, which are home to more than 500 thousand Israeli citizens.