Riyad Mansour, the permanent Palestinian observer to the UN, welcomes the Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, saying those against it were ''not living in reality''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: Riyad Mansour, the permanent Palestinian observer to the United Nations, welcomed the Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements on Friday (December 23), saying those against the resolution were "not living in reality". The United States allowed the Security Council to adopt the resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Israel and some U.S. lawmakers who urged Washington to wield its veto. An abstention by the United States paved the way for the 15-member council to approve the resolution, with 14 votes in favor, to a round of applause. The Obama administration's action broke with the long-standing American approach of shielding Israel, Washington's long-time ally that receives more than $3 billion in annual U.S. military aid, from such action. The United States, along with Russia, France, Britain and China, has veto power on the council. The resolution, put forward by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from the Israel and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, was the first adopted by the council on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years. Israel and Trump had called on the Obama administration to veto the measure. Trump wrote on Twitter after the vote, "As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th," referring to the day he succeeds the outgoing President Barack Obama.