U.S. denies Israeli claims it is behind UN anti-settlement resolution

  • World
  • Saturday, 24 Dec 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has not been involved in crafting or promoting a U.N. resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, denying Israeli accusations the United States was behind the effort.

The official, speaking as the Security Council prepared to vote on the resolution a day after Egypt withdrew its measure under pressure from Israel and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, also said the United States had not communicated to any other council member how it intended to vote.

Western diplomats and Israeli officials said the United States had planned to allow the Egyptian-sponsored draft resolution to be adopted, which would be a major reversal of U.S. practice of protecting Israel from action. Israeli officials accused President Barack Obama and his administration of being behind the effort and trying to “ambush” Israel.

“Contrary to some claims, the administration was not involved in formulating the resolution nor have we promoted it,” the U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In World

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Pakistani embassy in Kabul
U.S. expects reduced tempo in Ukraine fighting to continue for months
Messi, Alvarez fire Argentina into World Cup last 8 (updated-2)
Historic crown to be modified for King Charles's coronation
Swedish pension funds invest in cryptocurrency: media
Messi celebrates 1,000th game with goal, World Cup quarterfinal tie against Netherlands
Ukraine slaps sanctions on senior clerics in pro-Moscow church
Messi, Alvarez fire Argentina into World Cup last 8 (updated-1)
Messi, Alvarez fire Argentina into World Cup last 8
Rocket fired from Gaza into Israel: military

Others Also Read