UN Security Council rejects Palestinian draft resolution
The UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected an Arab-backed draft resolution calling for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories within three years.
The motion failed to obtain the minimum nine votes from the 15-member council, with the U.S. and Australia voting against and five others -- UK, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Korea and Lithuania -- abstaining.
Jordan, France, Russia, China, Argentina, Chad, Chile and Luxembourg voted in favor of the resolution, which sets the end of 2017 as the deadline for Israeli security forces to fully withdraw from the occupied territories and names East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders.
The resolution had been widely expected to fail in the face of strong opposition from the U.S., one of the five permanent members on the Council that holds veto power.
Even if the motion had mustered the required number of votes, it would have faced defeat because of the U.S. vote against.
The U.S. has so far vetoed 42 Security Council resolutions in defense of Israel.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier threatened to sever "all forms of coordination" with Israel if the Council failed to adopt the resolution.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move never recognized by the international community.
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