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A vote by the United Nations Security Council brought positive news for Israel, as a Palestinian proposal to force Israel out of the West Bank by 2017 and create a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 lines was rejected.

B’nai B’rith International commended the efforts of the Security Council, which fell one vote short of passage. Our statement was picked up by the Jewish News Service, highlights of which can be found below:


The United States and Australia voted against the measure, which garnered eight affirmative votes and five abstentions among the 15-member Security Council, falling short of the nine votes the resolution needed to pass.

On Monday, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke had said America believes the resolution “fails to account for Israel’s legitimate security needs, and the satisfaction of those needs, of course, integral to a sustainable settlement.”

Argentina, Chad, Chile, China, France, Jordan, Luxembourg, and Russia voted in favor of the Palestinian resolution.

“Those countries that genuinely seek a peaceful resolution of this conflict must impress upon the Palestinians to cease exporting and enflaming the conflict by joining new multinational bodies, beginning with the International Criminal Court, in an effort to deploy them as political weapons against Israel,” B’nai B’rith International said in a statement.