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Security Council rejects Palestinian demand to withdraw Israeli forces
Security Council rejects Palestinian demand to withdraw Israeli forces

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal demanding withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank and East Jerusalem by the end of 2017, in another setback for Palestinian efforts to build international pressure on Israel. The proposed resolution, which needed nine votes from the 15-member council to succeed, got eight votes in support, with two against and five abstentions. This meant that the United States, which joined Australia in voting against the proposal, was not required to cast a veto to block it. U.S. officials have been eager to avoid that move, which would have put them at odds with Arab states on the vote. The U.S. needs their support on several...

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