19 Feb '11, 1am

US vetoes UN resolution on Israeli settlements

US vetoes UN resolution on Israeli settlements

UNITED NATIONS: The United States Friday vetoed an Arab-sponsored UN resolution branding Israeli settlements illegal, prompting angry Palestinians to vow to re-evaluate the entire Middle East peace process. The Obama administration cast its first veto in the United Nations Security Council after intense diplomacy failed to convince Palestinians to accept a non-binding compromise statement condemning Jewish settlement activity. The row dealt a further blow to Washington's already struggling bid to forge a Palestinian state this year and risked further estranging US ties with Arab leaders already tetchy at its response to unrest sweeping the Middle East. US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said Washington was "regrettably" blocking the draft resolution and warned Israeli should not interpret the move as backing for settlement building in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. But ...

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