UN Rejects Palestinian Resolution to End Israel’s ‘Occupation’

The United Nations Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli ‘occupation’ within 3 years.  The United States opposed the resolution preferring a negotiated agreement instead. The resolution did not obtain a majority of votes from the 15 member council.

The resolution received eight “yes” votes, two “no” votes – one from the United States and the other from Australia – and five abstentions.

“We voted against this resolution not because we are comfortable with the status quo. We voted against it because … peace must come from hard compromises that occur at the negotiating table,” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said.

She criticized the decision to bring the draft resolution to a vote as a “staged confrontation that will not bring the parties closer.” She added that the resolution was “deeply unbalanced” and didn’t take into account Israel’s security concerns.

“Our effort was a serious effort, genuine effort, to open the door for peace,” said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador. “Unfortunately, the Security Council is not ready to listen to that message.”

The resolution was expected to get 9 votes but at the last minute Nigeria ambassador U. Joy Ogwu, abstained from the vote, saying the best solution for peace was a negotiated agreement.

Two European countries backed the resolution, France and Luxembourg.

Jordan’s ambassador to the U.N. said after the vote, “The fact that this draft resolution was not adopted will not at all prevent us from proceeding to push the international community, specifically the United Nations, towards an effective involvement to achieving a resolution to this conflict.”

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