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Lacking international support, the Palestinian delegation departs the UN without a vote against President Trump’s peace plan.
 
10/20/2020
 

United States Diplomatic Resurgence on Display Over ‘Deal of the Century’

Lacking international support, the Palestinian delegation departs the UN without a vote against President Trump’s peace plan.

BY BRENT NAGTEGAAL

JERUSALEM – In December 2016, literally days before United States President Barack Obama left office, a vote came before the United Nations Security Council on a resolution passing judgment on the future borders of Israel and a Palestinian state. By virtue of a U.S. abstention, the resolution passed through the body and enshrined the 1967 lines as the basis for borders of the two states.

This meant that it was now the international community’s position that Israel was illegally occupying the Old City of Jerusalem as well as the West Bank, the heartland of biblical Israel. The critical abstention by the U.S. that allowed the anti-Israel resolution to pass was seen as a parting shot against the Jewish state from a notoriously hostile Obama administration.

Fast-forward to Tuesday this week, when the Security Council met once again, expecting to vote on another resolution about Israel and a future Palestinian state.

 
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