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U.N. council members call for vote Friday to end Israeli settlements
December 23, 2016 / 2:51 PM / a year ago

U.N. council members call for vote Friday to end Israeli settlements

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela will call for a vote on Friday afternoon on a draft resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, diplomats said.

The West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra is photographed as seen from the Jewish settler outpost of Amona in the West Bank, during an event organised to show support for Amona which was built without Israeli state authorisation and which Israel's high court ruled must be evacuated and demolished by the end of the year as it is built on privately-owned Palestinian land, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Western officials said the United States had intended to allow the draft resolution to be adopted, a major reversal of U.S. practise of protecting Israel.

The 15-member council had been due to vote on Thursday afternoon, but Egypt withdrew the measure under pressure from Israel and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by W Simon

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