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Det palestinske fremstøtet for å få påtvunget Israel en timeplan for en tostatsløsning vant ikke de nødvendige ni stemmer i Sikkerhetsrådet for å få til en realitetsbehandling. USA slapp å bruke sitt veto.

Det var et prestisjenederlag for palestinske myndigheter. Nigeria som hadde lovet å stemme for, ombestemte seg etter vestlig press. Rwanda avsto også.

Men avstemningen viste en stor overraskelse: Frankrike stemte for resolusjonen, sammen med Russland og Kina. Israel reagerte bestyrtet og utba seg en forklaring.

Det er vanskelig å se det som annet enn uttrykk for at vesteuropeiske land begynner å danse etter muslimske lands pipe, i takt med deres egen voksende muslimsk befolkning.

Vesten står derfor overfor to motstandere: Kina og Russland som forsøker å ramme vestlige interesser hvor de kan, og den islamske blokken. Når disse to slår seg sammen teller hver stemme på vestlig side. Frankrikes stemmegivning viser at Vesten ikke lenger er Vesten.

The resolution would have set a 12-month deadline for Israel to reach a final peace deal with the Palestinians, and called for a full withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.

Israel hailed the rejection as a victory, saying it dealt a blow to Palestinian efforts to diplomatically «embarrass and isolate» Tel Aviv.

The Palestinians denounced as «outrageously shameful» the failure of the text to win the necessary nine votes for passage.

Council heavyweights China, France and Russia were among eight countries voting in favor, while the United States and Australia voted against.

Nigeria, which had been expected to support the resolution, was among five abstentions, which included Britain, Rwanda, Lithuania and South Korea.

Nigeria had assured the Palestinians it would support them, but abstained after lobbying efforts by Israel and Washington.

Israel on Wednesday summoned the French ambassador, saying it was «disappointed and perplexed» by his country’s support for the U.N. resolution.

The failure to win the nine votes necessary for adoption spared Washington having to wield its veto, which would have caused it embarrassment with key Arab allies.

But it was also a diplomatic blow for the Palestinians, who had counted on the symbolic victory of nine votes, even though the resolution would in all likelihood have been vetoed by the United States.

Speaking Wednesday, Netanyahu extended his special thanks to Nigeria and Rwanda.

«This is what tipped the scales,» he said.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the resolution’s failure «should teach the Palestinians that provocations and attempts to force Israel into unilateral processes will not achieve anything — quite the opposite.»

But Russia denounced the outcome of the U.N. vote as «a strategic error.»

Abbas undertegnet 20 konvensjoner onsdag, en av dem var tilslutning til den internasjonale straffedomstolen. PA-styret har lenge truet med å trekke Israel for domstolen. Israel svarer at PA-styret sitter i glasshus. Det har nok å svare for selv, ikke minst samarbeidet med terrororganisasjonen Hamas.

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/161191-abbas-signs-bid-to-join-international-criminal-court