UN Security Council to vote on resolution concerning Palestine

Thursday, 22 December, 2016 - 18:45

Egypt has prepared a draft to the UN Security Council. This draft resolution would demand Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”. The document, prepared by the Palestinians, demands to recognize the Israeli buildings, including the neighborhoods of Jerusalem after the 1967 as illegal ones.

Earlier the US was blocking similar resolutions, and some Israeli media reported about some secret agreement between the Palestinian government and the outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry that at this time Washington would not use its veto.

A few days ago in the social network, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in his page that the US had to block the resolution. He said: “The US should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council on Thursday”.

If the resolution is really to be adopted, it would be an unprecedented act, because for a long time pro-Palestinian resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, whose decisions are not binding. However, there are some doubts that the document would be blocked. Even if the White House does not use his right to veto, it may well initiate it from other countries, such as Britain. Russia and China have traditionally supported pro-Palestinian resolutions, and France, in turn, hopes to organize a peace process between Tel Aviv and Ramallah, so France (as well as Russia, which also has with the peacekeeping mission) likely would prefer to abstain.

Thus, most likely, among the permanent members with this right, France, Russia and the United States are going to abstain.  China will vote in favor of this resolution, while Britain will veto.

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