Ngebray.com,- The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution calling Israel’s settlements in the Palestinian territories illegal. The U.S. abstained from voting, breaking from decades-long tradition to veto such resolutions. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power explained the decision to Security Council members. She said, “It’s because this forum too often continuous to be biased against Israel. Because there are important issues that are not sufficiently addressed in this resolution. And because the United States does not agree with every word in this text. That the United States did not vote in favor of the resolution. But it is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground, and is consistent with US policy across Republican and Democratic administrations throughout the history of the State of Israel that the United States did not veto it.”
Then she added, “Our vote today does not in any way diminish the United States’ steadfast and unparalleled commitment to the security of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. We would not have let this resolution pass had it not also addressed counter productive actions by the Palestinians. Let us be clear, even if every single settlement were to be dismantled, peace still would not be attainable without both sides acknowledging uncomfortable truths and making difficult choices. That is an indisputable fact. Yet it is one that is too often overlooked by members of United Nations, and by members of this Council. Some may cast the US vote as a sign that we have finally given up on a two-state solution. Nothing could be further from the truth. None of us can give up on a two state solution. We continue to believe that solutions is the only viable path to provide peace and security for the state of Israel and freedom.. and dignity for Palestinian people. And we continue to believe that the parties can still pursue this path, if both sides are honest about the choices, and have the courage to take steps that will be politically difficult.”
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