Thursday, February 10, 2011

U.S. Veto on Israeli Settlements Resolution Would Be Nadir for Obama

By Josh Ruebner
National Advocacy Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote, possibly this month, on a resolution reaffirming that Israel's 150 settlements in the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem "are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace."

One would reasonably expect the Obama Administration to support this resolution as the president himself "does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements," as stated in his June 2009 address in Cairo to the Muslim world.

But instead, the Obama Administration is threatening to use its veto in the Security Council once again to protect Israel from abiding by international law. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that "New York is not the place to resolve the longstanding conflict and outstanding issues between the Israelis and the Palestinians."