State Department blasts France over 'Palestinian state'non-member state status at the United Nations.
"We obviously disagree with our oldest ally on this issue. They know that we disagree with them," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. "But it's their sovereign decision to make, how to proceed."
She confirmed that if a vote goes ahead as planned in the UN General Assembly this week, the United States will vote against the Palestinian request, which Washington regards as "a mistake."
"We're focused on a policy objective on the ground for the Palestinian people, for the people of Israel, which is to end up with two states that can live peacefully next to each other," Nuland told journalists.
"Nothing in this action at the UN is going to take the Palestinians any closer to that. If there is a vote, we will vote 'no'. And we said that yesterday. I say it again today."
France is the first major European power to voice approval of the Palestinian move to upgrade its current permanent observer status, while Britain has said it has yet to decide on its position.
The proposal is set to sail through as it has the backing of the majority of the UN's 193 member states, with diplomats predicting that between 11 and 15 EU countries could back the Palestinian proposal.
And to think that four years ago we were told that if the US elected Obama, there would not be any more arguments between the US and its allies.... Change....