In first, US votes against UN resolution condemning Israeli presence in Golan
Despite American support, world body overwhelmingly condemns Israel, and no one else, in 9 separate resolutions
16 November 2018
The United States on Friday for the first time voted against an annual UN resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights, signifying a dramatic shift in US policy toward the territory.
Despite the unprecedented move by the US, the resolution passed with 151 in favor, two against (Israel and the US) and 14 abstentions, one of nine anti-Israel resolutions passed by the world body in one day.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon thanked the US for the move and said the “UN should deal with Syria’s civil war, not meaningless decisions that won’t affect Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights.”