Statehood Resolution for Palestinians Defeated at U.N.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution that called for a withdrawal of Israel from occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank and an establishment of a free Palestinian state by the end of 2017.

The resolution has called for there to be negotiations based on territorial lines, which were in existence prior to Israel capturing East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank during the 1967 war.

It also had called for a peace accord within the next 12 months.

Even if the resolution would have received the nine-vote minimum in its favor, it would have lost by the U.S. vote against it. Washington is one of five permanent veto-wielding members.

Eight votes came in supporting the resolution, including China, France and Russia. Two voted against and another five abstained from the vote, amongst them was Britain. Those voting against the resolution were Australia and the United States.

Samantha Power the U.S. Ambassador to the UN defended the position of Washington against the measure in a speech before the security council of 15 member nations saying it was not a vote against the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel.

Power said the U.S. worked daily searching for different ways to make steps toward a progress between the two to achieve a settlement, but the resolution brought to the Security Council was not a constructive step in the right direction.

Power added that the text of the resolution was imbalanced and that it contained deadlines that were unconstructive that did not take into account the legitimate security concerns of Israel.

Making matters worse, said Power, it was voted upon without any discussion or any due consideration amongst members of the council.

In her speech, Power did not spare Israel. She said the vote against the measure should not be looked at, as a victory for status quo, as Washington would be opposed to any actions by both sides that were detrimental to the peace efforts.

Dina Kawar the Ambassador from Jordan and the sole Arab representative in the council expressed regret that this resolution was not approved.

Although she did say, more time should have been given members of the council to discuss the matter.

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