U.N. Security Council rejects Palestinian statehood resolution

U.N. Security Council rejects Palestinian statehood resolution
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A resolution pushed by Palestinian delegates to create a separate Palestinian state by 2017 failed to garner the necessary nine votes at the United Nations Security Council. Eight nations — including France, Russia, and China — supported the measure, five abstained, and the U.S. and Australian voted against it. Even if the proposal had received one more vote, a U.S. veto would have killed it.

Along with insisting on statehood and a withdrawal of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank by 2017, the draft resolution called for a peace deal with Israel within 12 months and stated that only East Jerusalem was a suitable capital for Palestine.

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