UNITED NATIONS: After the United States abstained from voting, the UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding Israel stop building settlements on Palestinian territory, a reversal of US practice to protect Israel from United Nations action.
The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and US President-elect Donald Trump. Israel and Trump had called on the United States to veto the measure.
Choosing not to veto, Obama lets anti-settlement resolution pass at UN Security CouncilIn dramatic departure from eight years of policy, United States abstains, enabling 14-0 vote; Israel accuses Obama, Kerry of abandoning it!!
Security Council approves 'anti-settlement' resolution
UNSC approves resolution calling on Israel to end "settlement activities". United States abstains.