Thursday, February 17, 2011

At UN, US sides with Israel's enemies on settlement issue

U.S. reportedly proposing U.N. ‘statement’ on settlements

February 17, 2011
By Rick Moran

It's being billed by the administration as a "compromise" - a move to forestall a Palestinian motion that would almost certainly force the US to use a veto to block it.

In reality, it is just another demonstration of the Obama administration's hostility to Israel.

Foreign Policy:

Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, outlined the new U.S. offer in a closed door meeting on Tuesday with the Arab Group, a bloc of Arab countries from North Africa and the Middle East. In exchange for scuttling the Palestinian resolution, the United States would support the council statement, consider supporting a U.N. Security Council visit to the Middle East, the first since 1979, and commit to supporting strong language criticizing Israel's settlement policies in a future statement by the Middle East Quartet.  Read More

Additional Report The Jewish Journal

The United States reportedly is backing a U.N. Security Council statement that would slam Israel on settlements but would stop short of a resolution.

The Security Council president’s statement proposed by the Obama administration would express “strong opposition to any unilateral actions by any party, which cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community” and “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, which is a serious obstacle to the peace process,” according to reports Wednesday in Foreign Policy and on All Hurrah, the U.S. government run Arabic broadcaster.  Read More