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How To Guide For: Understanding The United Nations Security Council Resolution On Israeli Settlement

The United Nations Security Council was able to pass a resolution that criticized Israeli settlements after President Obama's administration broke long-standing tradition and didn't veto the measure. The United States abstained on the resolution on Friday December 23, that demands an end to Israeli settlements and calls them a "flagrant violation" of international law, which was approved 14-0 by the 15-member council. In a statement made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he vowed on Saturday December 24, to "overcome" the UN Security Council's resolution against settlements, saying Israel was "reevaluating its ties with the UN." According to Netanyahu "not only does the resolution not promote peace, it further pushes it away." U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power tried to portray the abstention as a continuation of the Obama administration's constant complaints about the construction of Israeli settlements, which it sees as a clear obstacle to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Power stated that the reason why the United States did not veto the resolution as it had others before was because the building of settlements has accelerated in recent years. The settlement activity "harms the viability of a negotiated two-state outcome and erodes prospects for peace and stability in the region,". According to Haaretz -- The resolution may have serious long term ramifications for Israel in general and for the settlement enterprise. To get more information on the United Nations Security Council Resolution on Israeli Settlements and what this means click on the pictures below to read the articles.

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