The Obama administration on Friday allowed the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as well as Israel and several U.S. senators who urged Washington to use its veto.
The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and the U.S. president-elect. Israel and Trump had called on the United States to veto the measure.
It was adopted with 14 votes in favor, to a round of applause. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years.
The European members of the UN Security Council are Spain and Ukraine, along with the permanent members - France, Russia and the UK.
The countries that voted for the resolution say that this has been their policy all along. Indeed, this is not new. Europe does not think Jews have any rights to Jerusalem or to Judaism's most holy sites.
Less than a month ago, all European members of the UN voted in favor of yet another resolution ignoring Jewish ties to Jerusalem.