A Palestinian verdict to end Israeli occupation was dismiss in the UN Security Council on Tuesday, falling one vote short of the nine “yes” votes required for adoption by the council. The resolution, which called for the end of Israeli occupation within three years, received eight “yes” votes, two “no” votes from the United States and Australia, as well as five abstentions. The U.S., Israel’s closest ally, reiterated its stance on opposing the resolution in favor of striking a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine that did not involve a timetable. “We voted against this resolution not because we are comfortable with the status quo. We voted against it because… peace must come from hard compromises that occur at the negotiating table,” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said.
The Middle East Adviser for The Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN, Israel Nitzan made the following statement at the Security Council:
“The Palestinians have found every possible opportunity to avoid direct negotiations.
They have engaged in a never-ending string of political games and now they are parading into this Council with preposterous unilateral proposals.
I have news for the Palestinians – you cannot agitate and provocate your way to a state.
I urge the Council to stop indulging the Palestinians and put an end to their march of folly.”