Jordan praises ‘historic’ UN Israel settlement vote

The 15-member council passed the resolution after the US abstained and despite an effort led by Israel and backed by Donald Trump to block the text

By: AFP | Amman | Published: December 24, 2016 9:33 pm
Jordan, Jordan palestine, Palestinian, UN, UN Israel settlement vote, Jerusalem, Israel settlement vote Jordan, Israel settlement vote Trump, donald trump, latest news, latest world news Members of the United Nations Security council vote at the United Nations headquarters on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in favor of condemning Israel for its practice of establishing settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. (Source: Manuel Elias/The United Nations via AP)

Jordan on Saturday welcomed the “historic” UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlements, saying the momentous vote paved a way for a two-state solution.

The 15-member council passed the resolution Friday after the US abstained and despite an effort led by Israel and backed by US President-elect Donald Trump to block the text.

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“This historic decision expresses the consensus of the international community on the illegality of Israeli settlements and reaffirms the Palestinian people’s historic right (to live) in Jerusalem and its historic lands,” Jordan’s information minister Mohammad al-Momani said.

Some 430,000 Israeli settlers currently live in the West Bank and a further 200,000 Israelis live in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians see as the capital of their future state.

The resolution demands that “Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

It states that Israeli settlements have “no legal validity” and are “dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-state solution.” Momani said the resolution reinforced the historic position of Jordan – one of the few Arab states to have diplomatic ties with Israel – on the need for a two state solution.

The Middle East peace process has been comatose since a US initiative to re-launch peace talks collapsed in April 2014.

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