Obama Blocks Anti-Settlement UN Security Council Resolution

— Jason Attermann

Recently, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg explicitly stated the Obama Administration’s steadfast opposition to the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Steinberg testified that the United States has actively worked to prevent a vote on the resolution, and will “continue to employ the tools that we have to make sure that continues to not happen.” He also said:

We have made very clear to a lot of countries … that we think this is counterproductive. I’m disappointed, frankly, that we haven’t had more success, but it has been in our engagement at the highest levels.

Steinberg also took the opportunity to stress the Obama Administration’s “unwavering support for Israel’s security,” amidst the changes occurring in the region:

We continue to believe that the best path to the long-term security of Israel and the stability of the region is the committed pursuit of comprehensive peace. … As the recent Quartet statement of the United Nations, Russia, the European Union, and the United States made clear, at a moment of upheaval across the region, serious negotiations toward peace remain essential. …We are committed to ensuring that political changes on Israel’s borders do not create new dangers for Israel or the region.  By working for orderly transitions, we believe we can help ensure Israel’s long-term security just as we can support governments that are more responsive to their people.

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