- Dec 12, 2007
In a rare condemnation of Israel, the UN Security Council has said its settlements in occupied Palestinian territories have no legal validity.
The vote on Friday only passed because the US declined to use its veto - as its has dozens of times in the past - and instead abstained from voting. In doing so, the Obama administration not only permitted Israel to be rebuked, but also rejected a call from both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump, to block the move.
The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew the measure under pressure from Israel and the US President-elect.
Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, said: Today the Security Council reaffirmed its established consensus that settlements have no legal validity. The US has been sending the messages that the settlements must stop, privately and publicly, for nearly five decades.
Our vote today is fully in line with the bipartisan history of how American presidents approach both the issue and the role of this body.
UN Security Council demands Israel ends settlements as US refuses to veto | The Independent
Too little too late, or is it a small public glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes ?