U.N. council to vote for an end to Israeli settlements

The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on a draft resolution that would demand that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

The 15-member council is due to vote at 3 p.m. on Thursday, after Egypt drafter the circular on Wednesday. The position of the United States has been unclear in this vote, since it has protected Israel from U.N. action.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted to the United States that it “should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. Security Council on Thursday.” A resolution needs nine votes in favor and NO vetoes by United States, France, Russia, Britain or China. The last round of U.S. led peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians collapsed in 2014.

The circular to be vetoed on Thursday says that the Israeli establishments has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under International law. Continuous settlement activities are dangerously imperiling the viability of a two-state solution.” Read the full article here.

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