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Monday, March 29, 2010

US considering abstaining on UN resolution on Jerusalem

The United States is considering abstaining rather than vetoing a UN Security Council condemnation of Israel over building in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, the US is reportedly considering abstaining from a possible UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem. The US usually blocks Security Council resolutions criticising Israel.

US officials in Washington have not confirmed the report. It is likely that the US is considering how to maintain pressure, and a UN resolution would be one way, says BBC state department correspondent Kim Ghattas.

In the wake of a controversial visit to the US, Mr Netanyahu said on Friday that his policy on East Jerusalem would not change, despite US pressure on Israel to announce a freeze on building Jewish homes there.

A best-selling Israeli newspaper then quoted an unidentified aide as saying: "You could say that Obama is the greatest disaster for Israel - a strategic disaster."

But the prime minister, speaking before he briefed the cabinet on his US trip, condemned these comments as "unacceptable".

"They do not come from anyone representing me. The relations between Israel and the United States are those of allies and friends, and are based on tradition spanning many years."
If Netanyahu did not say that, he's about the only one here who has not said it. And at this point, a US abstention (which would take us back to the Carter era) would not surprise anyone at all.


At 2:48 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
I would say there's still another
possibility the one in wich the US also condems Israel.
Nothing is surprising anymore from this administration.
You could say "You have nothing to fear,but Obama himself"

At 3:51 AM, Blogger lance said...

Can we please stop calling parts of Jerusalem "East Jerusalem"?

As a matter of fact, Ramat Shlomo is in the north western area of Jerusalem - hardly East Jerusalem.

"EJ" is an obsolete, Arab loving term. Enough already.

At 5:36 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

He will abstain regardless.

If Bibi has any balls he would draw a line in the sand over Jerusalem. If he doesn't this could be the last Passover any Jew will be allowed to celebrate in either half of the city.

At 5:47 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Not me. A US abstention would make Israel's decision to defy the US easier. If you're not going to get rewarded for showing restraint, you might as well take a stand on principle.

Those who thought Obama might be a Jimmy Carter retread may not be too far off the mark if that happens.

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To abstain is like saying "Yes, we agree in principal but..."

I never thought I'd say it but thanks to Pres. Hussain of America the US Administration now stands for something different than it has for the last 200 years:

- Unwavering support of the fascist world of Islam.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Moriah said...

Why not just vote "present?"

At 10:56 AM, Blogger tuleesh said...

I’m shocked–shocked! to find that an individual who was suckled and reared on America-hating ideology by his mother and grandparents, the Communist pervert-Frank Marshall Davis, the Reverend Jerimiah “G*d**n America” Wright, is a petulant, racist, anti-Jewish Radical.

Oh, yeah. Really shocked...G-d help us all.


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