The UN Security Council is likely to pass a resolution Thursday that will impose an immediate freeze on the building of new settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The United States and Britain are pushing for the resolution to be passed.
They say the Israeli settlement expansion is a major impediment to peace in the region and a threat to the viability of the two-state solution.
But they’re also frustrated that the resolution would not include the settlements.
Israel, the United States, Britain and other major powers have repeatedly said they would veto any such resolution.
But they have not done so until now, with the council’s top diplomat, Russia’s Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, calling the proposal “utterly unacceptable” and calling on the United Nations to withdraw the resolution.
The resolution is expected to pass by a vote of 13-0.
It will now go to the 193-member General Assembly for a vote.
The vote is expected on Thursday.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a member of the Security Council for nearly seven decades, has long argued that Israel’s settlements are an obstacle to peace and a direct threat to Israeli security and stability.
He has accused the United Arab Emirates of trying to undermine peace efforts in the United Kingdom by supporting settlements.
The UAE has denied any support for settlements.
Earlier this month, the UAE and Israel signed an agreement for the construction of 200 housing units in the West Bank settlements of Beit El and Maale Adumim.
Israel says it will build 1,600 new homes in the settlements, but the Palestinian Authority says that number is unrealistic.
Israel says it needs the housing to build new roads and housing units for Jewish settlers.