Egyptian draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council:
Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;
Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;
Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;
Read full text of Egyptian draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council
This is saying Israel has no claim in East Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one unified city – east and west. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The holiest place in Judaism and predates Islam by 1,500 years. It is central to Judaism and Zionism. The only reason Muslim are interested in Jerusalem is because of the Jews care about Jerusalem.
This resolution was first introduced by Egypt in coordination with the Palestinians.
On Thursday Egypt withdrew the resolution and it was postponed “potentially indefinitely” in response to a request by Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi.
The United Nations Security Council vote on a draft resolution calling for an end to Jewish construction in all areas desired by the Palestinian Authority for its hoped-for state – and in fact, calling for an end to all Jewish communities in those areas – has been postponed. JewishPress
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi discussed the issue in a phone call with Mr Trump, Mr Sisi’s office said.
In a statement, it said the two men had agreed on “the importance of giving a chance for the new American administration to deal in a comprehensive way with the different aspects of the Palestinian issue”. BBC
President-elect Donald Trump: “As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations,” Trump said in a written statement.
“This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis,” he said. USAToday
The Obama administration pushed for the vote.
New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela — who stepped in to push for action after Egypt put the draft resolution on hold. AFP
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US abstained and allowed UN Condemnation of Israel. The Obama administration did not use its veto to protect the United States closest Mideast ally.
An Israeli official on Friday “President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the U.N.,” the official said. “The U.S administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tail wind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall occupied Palestinian territory,” he said calling it “an abandonment of Israel which breaks decades of US policy of protecting Israel at the UN.” WAPO
The UN Security Council passed a controversial anti-settlement resolution that would condemn Israel building in occupied territories.
The US abstained in the vote on the resolution — approved by 14 of the council’s 15 members and first introduced by Egypt in coordination with the Palestinians — which calls Israeli “settlement building” in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank a “flagrant violation under international law.”
A veto by the US — or any of the five permanent council members — would have killed it. NYPost
Responses to UN’s despicable resolution:
Israel has suspended its multimillion dollar contribution to a number of United Nations bodies and is reevaluating its relationship with the organization, after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Israeli settlement construction.
“I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of UN institutions and the presence of UN representatives in Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Saturday while addressing the nation.
“I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) in funding to five UN institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel … and there is more to come,” he added without offering any further details. RT