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US vetoes UN condemnation of settlements

Al Jazeera is reporting that the United States used its United Nations Security Council veto to block a draft resolution that would declare Israeli settlements in Palestine illegal.  President Obama has said that ending the expansion of settlements is a top priority in creating peace in Israel, and states like Britain, France, and Germany supported the draft resolution, but still the US vetoed the measure.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, told council members that the veto “should not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity”.

“While we agree with our fellow council members and indeed with the wider world about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians,” she said.

Freezing the building of settlements is the key for peace talks to move forward.

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