Palestinian UN envoy after resolution voted down: ‘Security Council remains paralyzed’

Palestinian observer Riyad Mansour said on Wednesday that the defeated Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories by late 2017 was the result of 3-1/2 months of efforts after the recent Israeli war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. He said it was time to end the “abhorrent Israeli occupation and impunity that has brought our people so much suffering.”

“The result of today’s vote shows that the Security Council as a whole is clearly not ready and willing to shoulder its responsibilities in a way that would…allow us to open the doors to peace,” he said. “It is thus most regrettable that the Security Council remains paralyzed.”

Mansour added that the Palestinian leadership “must now consider its next steps.” He did not elaborate.