The United States blocked as unfairly critical a Security Council statement that would have urged Israel to refrain from “excessive use of force” against the Palestinians.
The draft text would have called on Israel “to refrain from excessive use of force” and on the Palestinian Authority to “take a clear public stance against violence.”
“The draft text that was negotiated was not fair and balanced and consistent with our long-standing policy. We are not prepared to support a text that distorts the reality in the region,” US Ambassador John Bolton told reporters after council consultations on the issue. “We did reject it.”
Mansour said that at the initiative of the nonaligned movement, the Arab UN group, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and others, the Security Council would hold an open session on the Middle East Monday.
“We will see representatives who will speak on behalf of maybe more than 150 countries to express their outrage at Israeli aggression and attacks and request upholding of international law,” he added.
Bolton said he did not think that Monday’s meeting would be “productive.”
“I don’t think the Security Council is an exercise in group therapy,” he noted
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