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Tuesday, 30 December 2014
UN Security Council Nixes Palestinian Resolution

The following is a JTA report issued this afternoon:



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U.N. Security Council vote on Palestinian statehood resolution fails

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Palestinian-backed U.N. resolution setting a deadline for a peace deal with Israel failed to garner sufficient votes for passage in the U.N. Security Council.

The resolution, which was voted on Tuesday, was aimed at achieving a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by late 2017.

Eight nations on the 15-member council votes yes, two voted no and five abstained. Nine votes were required for passage.

Had nine votes been obtained, the United States, which voted against the resolution, was expected to exercise its Security Council veto. The United States believes a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians must be negotiated by the parties themselves.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, called the draft resolution “deeply imbalanced” and slammed the council for the unusual move of putting the resolution to a vote without any debate.

“We voted against it because we know what everyone here knows as well: Peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must come at the negotiating table,” Power said.

“This text addresses the concerns of only one side,” she said. “It would undermine efforts to get back to an atmosphere that achieves two states for two peoples.”

The deadlines in the resolution, she said, “take no account of Israel’s legitimate security concerns.”

The vote took place shortly after 5 P.M. EST on Tuesday.

Posted on 12/30/2014 5:38 PM by Jerry Gordon
1 Jan 2015
Christina McIntosh
The USA voted no. And one other nation on the Security Council also voted No. That nation was my own: Australia. To our everlasting credit, we used our remaining time of service as one of the temporary members of that Council, to vote No to this nasty little Resolution. 'Australia, US reject latest Palestinian [sic: - CM] call for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian [sic - CM] territories". I will add that the composition of the incoming temporary members is not encouraging. The only probable friend of Israel amongst the new incumbents - who will retain their seats until 2016 - is New Zealand. Muslim Malaysia cannot possibly be depended on; and I doubt that Angola, Venezuela or Spain will be willing to stand up to the islamintern, on behalf of Israel.