FNs Sikkerhedsråd i New York afviste tirsdag en resolution, som krævede en afslutning på Israels besættelse af palæstinensiske områder indenfor tre år og at Østjerusalem bliver hovedstad for en fremtidig palæstinensisk stat.
Jordan submitted the motion after it had been agreed upon by 22 Arab states and the Palestinian Authority, BBC online reports.
Eight members of the 15-strong Security Council voted for it while the US and Australia voted against.
The resolution, condemned by Israel as a “gimmick”, needed the support of at least nine members in order to pass.
Even if it had secured the required nine votes, the US would have used its veto power to stop the adoption of the resolution.
Russia, China, France, Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan and Luxembourg voted in favour, while the UK, Lithuania (Litauen), Nigeria, South Korea and Rwanda abstained (undlod at stemme).
The document called for Israel to fully withdraw from all occupied Palestinian territories by the end of 2017 and for a comprehensive peace deal to be reached within a year.
It also called for new negotiations to take place based on territorial lines that existed before Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war.
The vote was the culmination of three months of campaigning by the Palestinians at the UN.