The Security Council in seesion. (Photo AFP)
The U.N. Security
Council on Tuesday rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an
Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and
the establishment of a Palestinian state by late 2017.The resolution called for
negotiations to be based on the borders that existed before Israel
in 1967 captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. It also called for a peace deal within 12 months.
if the draft had received the minimum nine votes in favor, it would
have been defeated by Washington's vote against it. The United States is
one of the five veto-wielding permanent members.
were eight votes in favor, including France, Russia and China, two
against and five abstentions, among them Britain. Australia joined the
United States in voting against the measure.
Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power defended Washington's
position against the draft in a speech to the 15-nation council by
saying it was not a vote against peace between Israel and the
"The United States
every day searches for new ways to take constructive steps to support
the parties in making progress toward achieving a negotiated
settlement," she said. "The Security Council resolution put before us
today is not one of those constructive steps."