UN to vote soon on resolution to end Israel’s occupation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Arab ambassadors are calling for a vote late Tuesday or Wednesday morning on a Palestinian-backed resolution ordering an end to Israel's occupation within three years, a move vehemently opposed by Israel and the United States.
Jordan's U.N. Ambassador Dina Kawar, the Arab representative on the Security Council, told reporters after a closed-door meeting Monday of the 22 Arab envoys that the timing of the vote will depend on when arrangements can be made with the council and the U.N. Secretariat.
The Security Council is almost certain to reject a resolution with a timetable to end Israel's occupation. Even if the resolution musters the minimum nine required "yes" votes, the United States, Israel's closest ally which insisted on a negotiated peace agreement, is certain to veto it if necessary.