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US Abstains As UN Votes To End Israeli Settlements

The United Nations Security Council on Friday voted in favor of a resolution calling for the end of Israeli settlements. Fourteen of the body’s 15 member states voted in favor of the measure, while the United States abstained. In advance of the vote, Democratic and Republican lawmakers called on the Obama administration to block the measure, saying it would harm peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Israel has long maintained that its settlements in the West Bank are legitimate and legal. President-elect Donald Trump intervened in the dispute, talking on the phone with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in an appeal to delay the vote, which was supposed to take place on Thursday. Trump also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government vehemently opposes the resolution.

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