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UN Security Council Resolution on Palestine Defeated by 1 Vote, Fortunately

On 30 December 2014, the UN Security Council resolution on Palestine was defeated. The resolution was put forth by Jordan, on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas, de facto leader of the Palestinian Authority. It would have mandated a peace agreement in Israel-Palestine within a year and an end to Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.

  • 8 countries voted yes, including France, China, and Russia.
  • 5 abstained, including the UK.
  • 2 voted against, the US and Australia.
  • The resolution lost by 1 vote (although, as a permanent member of the Security Council, the US alone could have vetoed it and it still would have been defeated).

Although many advocates for Palestinian human rights may be depressed, this loss is, strangely, in many ways a fortunate development. Leading Palestinian-American intellectual and Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah is glad to hear the news.

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