UN Security Council has demanded that Israel halt settlements in Palestinian territory, after united states refrained from vetoing a resolution condemning its closest middle east ally.in a rare and momentous step, the united states instead abstained, enabling the adoption of the first un resolution since 1979 to condemn Israel over its settlement policy.

Applause broke out in the chamber after the text was passed with support from all remaining members of the 15-member council.The landmark move by the security council came despite an effort led by Israel and backed by U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump to block the text. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately rejected the UN resolution and slammed the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama for refusing to veto it. Trump reacted after the vote by promising change at the world body after he takes office next month.

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