US stops UN from recognizing a Palestinian state through membership

The Jerusalem Post reports: “The United States stopped the United Nations Security Council from granting the Palestinians full-fledged membership in the global organization of 193 member states.

‘This vote does not reflect opposition to Palestinian statehood, but instead is an acknowledgment that it will only come from direct negotiations between the parties,’ US Ambassador Robert Wood said after the vote.

The US was the only nation out of the 15-member UNSC to object to admitting Palestine as the 194th UN member state. Twelve UNSC nations, including France, approved the move. The United Kingdom and Switzerland abstained. 

The motion failed, however, because the US is one of five permanent UNSC members with veto power, such that its ‘no’ vote blocks the motion…”

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