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Palestinians say UN will vote Friday on Israeli settlements

The Palestinian mission to the United Nations says the Security Council will vote Friday on a resolution condemning Israel's settlement construction, now sponsored by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela.

The mission said the vote would take place Friday but no time has been set.

Egypt, the Arab representative on the Security Council, initially circulated the resolution and called for a vote Thursday but indefinitely postponed the vote, reportedly after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump who supports the settlements spoke to Egypt's president.

The U.S., along with the Palestinians and nearly all of the international community, opposes Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as obstacles to peace.

All eyes will be on the U.S. vote on Friday — whether the Obama administration abstains or vetoes the resolution.