Friday night, the General Assembly approved six pro-Palestinian
resolutions in spite of Israeli and American objections, the
resolutions back the Palestinians right to have an independent state
and call for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories since
1967, including Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
The decisions, described by Israel as pro-Palestinian, call on Israel to dismantle settlements, and withdraw from the occupied territories since 1967 including the east of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
The General Assembly welcomed that cease-fire deal reach between Israel and the Palestinians on November 26, and urged both sides to maintain the truce “which could pave the way for negotiations that would lead to solution to the conflict”.
The resolution took three days of deliberations and speeches, Palestinian observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said that the resolution was adopted by 157 countries to 7 with ten abstentions.
Mansour added that this vote shows the massive support of the International Community for pushing forwards the stalled peace process that would lead to achieving the Palestinian national rights of independence and self-determination.
A vote against imposing Israeli laws, jurisdiction and administration over the occupied Jerusalem was passed by 150 countries, 6 countries voted against and 10 countries abstained.
There were two other resolutions calling on Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
The United States, Israel, Marshall Island, Palau and Micronesia voted against all six resolutions.
The passed resolutions, as all Security Council resolutions, are not binding but they reflect the opinion of the majority of the world and the desire to end the Israeli occupation.
Ned Siegel, the United States diplomat said that the resolution regarding the Golan Heights claiming that “it would prejudge the outcome of peace talks between Israeli and Syria”.
He added that Syria is supporting the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party and other “Lebanese allies” to destabilize Lebanon and its democratically elected government.
Israel downplayed the six resolutions, and said that there were approve at the General Assembly and not at the Security Council, which makes them unbinding.
Two weeks ago, the United Nations adopted a resolution that was considered against Israel when the General Assembly decided to form a probe committee into Beit Hanoun incidents. The decision was adopted by 156 countries, while seven countries objected and six abstained.