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Fri Dec 23, 2016, 02:33 PM

U.S. declines to veto U.N. Security Council resolution for Israel to stop Jewish settlement activity [View all]

Source: Washington Post

The U.N. Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding Israel cease Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territory in a unanimous vote that passed with the United States abstaining rather than using its veto as it has reliably done in the past.

The resolution said settlements are threatening the viability of the two-state solution, and urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations that lead to two independent nations.

This marked the first time in more than 36 years that the Security Council passed a resolution critical of settlements.

The United States abstention Friday reflected mounting frustration in the Obama administration over settlement growth that the United States considers an obstacle to peace.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-declines-to-veto-un-security-council-resolution-for-israel-to-stop-jewish-settlement-activity/2016/12/23/cd4efe72-c939-11e6-bf4b-2c064d32a4bf_story.html



Just saw the WaPo breaking. This is a biggy for sure.

NY Times just put up a breaking too.

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