On the 23rd of December 2016, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 2334 which states that Israel’s settlement activity (in Palestinian territories which covers the West Bank including East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights) constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”. It further went on to demand that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

While the resolution did not include any sanction or coercive measure and was adopted under non-binding chapter IV of the United Nations Charter, Israeli newspaper Haaretz stated it “may have serious ramifications for Israel in general and specifically for the settlement enterprise” in the medium-to-long term.

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As events unfold, we will shed more light on the impact of the resolution and the corresponding reaction from Israel.