(JNS.org) The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday rejected a Palestinian resolution that called for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by 2017 and the establishment of a Palestinian state with borders based on the pre-1967 lines.
The United States and Australia voted against the measure, which garnered eight affirmative votes and five abstentions among the 15-member Security Council, falling short of the nine votes the resolution needed to pass.
On Monday, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke had said America believes the resolution “fails to account for Israel’s legitimate security needs, and the satisfaction of those needs, of course, integral to a sustainable settlement.”
After the rejection of the resolution, leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization said in a statement, “We are grateful for the leadership of the United States in working against the resolution, which would have undermined the chances for peace by setting arbitrary deadlines, prejudicing final-status issues, and undermining chances for a negotiated settlement.”
Argentina, Chad, Chile, China, France, Jordan, Luxembourg, and Russia voted in favor of the Palestinian resolution.
"Those countries that genuinely seek a peaceful resolution of this conflict must impress upon the Palestinians to cease exporting and enflaming the conflict by joining new multinational bodies, beginning with the International Criminal Court, in an effort to deploy them as political weapons against Israel," B'nai B'rith International said in a statement.