Patrick Maisonnave (file)
Patrick Maisonnave (file)Hadas Parush/Flash90

Israel's government summoned the French ambassador on Wednesday over his country's support for a failed Palestinian bid to pass a UN resolution setting an end date for "Israeli occupation."

Foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told AFP that the ambassador, Patrick Maisonnave, was being summoned to the ministry in Jerusalem later in the day.

Only eight countries supported the proposal: Russia, China, France, Jordan, Chad, Luxembourg, Argentina and Chile. The United States and Australia opposed. Five countries abstained: United Kingdom, Rwanda, Nigeria, Lithuania and South Korea.

However, the Council ultimately struck down the PA resolution, which fell short of the nine supporting votes needed to pass. 

If passed, the text of the draft resolution would have forced Israel to “end the occupation” - that is, to withdraw from Judea and Samaria - by 2017, and set a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement for that withdrawal.