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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

All but certain US will veto anti-'settlement' UN resolution

It now seems all but certain that the United States will veto a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli 'settlements.'
The United States, a veto-wielding permanent UN Security Council member, will use "the tools that we have" to block a resolution condemning Israeli settlements, a top US diplomat said Thursday.

"We have made very clear that we do not think the Security Council is the right place to engage on these issues," Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee.

"We have had some success, at least for the moment, in not having that arise there. And we will continue to employ the tools that we have to make sure that continues to not happen," said Steinberg.

The resolution condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem -- in line with the policy of world powers including the United States, though Washington has opposed the measure.

"The only way that this is going to be resolved is through engagement through the parties, and that is our clear and consistent position," said Steinberg.

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At 12:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back from the brink. Let's see what Dennis Ross has to tell the J-Streeters directly.


At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the article: "The only way that this is going to be resolved is through engagement through the parties..." ---------------- The only engagement I think will work to solve these issues will be a military engagement to remove the palestinians from Jewish land.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Abu Bluff is not going to return to the talks. The Americans have figured out even an anti-Israel UN fig leaf won't give him cover to do it.


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