Israeli settlements: UN Security Council calls for an end

Source: BBC

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution urging an end to illegal Israeli settlements after the US refused to veto it, instead abstaining.

The motion was passed with 14 votes in favour and one abstention.

The Egyptian-drafted resolution had been withdrawn after Israel asked Donald Trump to intervene but it was proposed again by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela.

The US has traditionally sheltered Israel from condemnatory resolutions.

The issue of Jewish settlements is one of the most contentious between Israel and the Palestinians, who see them as an obstacle to peace.

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