The UN security Council approved a resolution prohibiting Israel to build settlements in the Palestinian territories

The US abstained in the vote, not using its veto power

The United Nations held the vote on a resolution calling on Israel to cease building settlements in the Palestinian territories. The United States abstained from voting, instead of having to use its veto, as did the Obama administration in the past.

This is the first resolution on the Middle East adopted by the Security Council over the past eight years. When the results were announced of voting – 14 votes of the 15 members of the Council sounded the applause.

The resolution calls upon Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN called the resolution a “shame”, stressing that Israel expected support from the United States provided him earlier.

The vote was scheduled at the request of four countries – Venezuela, Senegal, New Zealand and Malaysia. Egypt first made the proposal, but withdrew its request after the telephone conversation between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the elected President of the United States Donald trump.

From the outgoing Obama administration rather cool relations with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in spite of the consistent US veto on resolutions against Israeli settlements. The administration trump is expected to establish a strong relationship with the current Israeli government.