In the end, Abbas could not even get enough Security Council votes to force the U.S. to use its veto and he tabled the motion.
Three of these, Brazil, India and Germany are all aspirants to a permanent seat in the Security Council.
The deal at the Security Council on Thursday was a continuation of that process.
An important division of the United Nations that contains five permanent members — the United States, Britain, China, France, and Russia — and ten rotating members. It is often called into session to respond quickly to international crises. Any permanent member can exercise a veto over a resolution before the Security Council.