Tensions over the Israel-Palestinian peace process flared briefly at the United Nations on Thursday when Egypt tabled a new Security Council resolution criticising Israeli settlements, only to postpone a vote after coming under intense pressure from Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister. Mr Netanyahu was joined in slamming the proposed resolution by US

president-elect Donald Trump, who called on the Obama administration to veto the text at the UN Security Council. The proposed resolution, which Egypt tabled on Wednesday evening, had become a last-minute test of whether the Obama administration would seek to make a public statement about the peace process before leaving office by letting a resolution critical of Israel pass at the UN. READ MORE