Security Council rejects statehood resolution following reports earlier that Arab and Palestinian sources claim 9 votes of member states; Britain, Canada and USA confirm disapproval of draft resolution, US clear it will veto if passed; Netanyahu: Israel will oppose conditions that endanger our future.
UPDATE:The UN Security Council has rejected the Palestinian statehood resolution.
8 of 15 countries voted in favor: China, France, Russia, Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan & Luxembourg, 2 opposed: USA and Australia and 5 abstained: UK, Lithuania, Nigeria, Korea & Rwanda.
Arab and Palestinian sources claimed earlier on Tuesday that they have secured a majority of votes on the statehood resolution submitted to the United Nations Security Council calling on Israel’s withdraw from the West Bank by 2017 and for “ending Israeli occupation”. The draft resolution additionally calls for Jerusalem’s division to allow for East Jerusalem to be the capitol of a future Palestinian state.
The draft resolution, which was resubmitted on Monday, must receive 9 out of 15 votes from the Council in order to pass. The Security Council is reportedly set to vote Tuesday night.
Palestinian media reported Tuesday evening that both France and Luxembourg plan to vote in favor, the United States clear it would veto the resolution if passed.
Both Britain and Canada have also confirmed they would not support the draft resolution, British Ambassador to the UN Mark Grant stating on the draft resolution, “There’s some difficulties with the text, particularly language on time scales, new language on refugees. So I think we would have some difficulties.”
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird stated that “Canada fundamentally believes that Palestinian statehood can only be a by-product of negotiations with the State of Israel. We have long rejected unilateral action on either side, as we believe it is ultimately unhelpful to the cause of peace…. The resolution that was submitted to the United Nations Security Council on December 29 is just another attempt to circumvent negotiations and place preconditions on future discussions. Canada therefore calls upon members of the UN Security Council to reject this resolution and instead use its influence to urge both sides to sit down without preconditions.”
On Monday State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke stated, “We don’t think this resolution is constructive. We think it sets arbitrary deadlines for reaching a peace agreement and for Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank, and those are more likely to curtail useful negotiations than to bring them to a successful conclusion. Further, we think that the resolution fails to account for Israel’s legitimate security needs, and the satisfaction of those needs, of course, integral to a sustainable settlement.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu stated in a meeting with Indiana Governor Mike Pence Monday that “Israel will oppose conditions that endanger our future,” stating on the draft resolution and international community, “We expect the entire international community – at least the responsible members of that community – to oppose vigorously this UN diktat, this UN Security Council resolution. Because what we need always is direct negotiations and not imposed conditions.”