The US defended its decision to refrain from vetoing a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building in Palestine, saying the unusual step was taken only after all negotiating options to pursue a two-state solution were exhausted. The resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory was introduced in the UNSC by Egypt. However, Trump slammed the US government for abstaining from voting.
The Secretary of State, John Kerry said, “The United States acted with one primary objective in mind: to preserve the possibility of the two state solution, which every US administration for decades has agreed is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor, told that United States had exhausted each and every effort to pursue a two-state solution through negotiations, discussions and confidence-building measures. Read the full article here.