Saturday, November 11, 2006

I-47 U.S. vetoes condemnation of Gaza strikes... Israel free do do as it pleases...

U.S. vetoes condemnation of Gaza strikes UNITED NATIONS - The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution Saturday that sought to condemn an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand Israeli troops pull out of the territory...... U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said the Arab-backed draft resolution was "biased against Israel and politically motivated."

The draft received 10 votes in favor and four abstentions, along with the U.S. vote against. Britain, Denmark, Japan and Slovakia all abstained. The U.S. is one of five permanent members of the council that has the power to veto resolutions.

It was the second U.S. veto this year of a Security Council draft resolution concerning Israeli military operations in Gaza. The U.S. blocked action on a document this summer after Israel launched its offensive in response to the capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas-linked Palestinian militants..... In Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said the draft resolution was one-sided. "It's good that it wasn't accepted by the Security Council," he said.

The Palestinians' Hamas-led government, however, was furious at the U.S. veto..... "This decision by the U.S. government gives unlimited cover to commit more massacres of innocent Palestinians," spokesman Ghazi Hamad said. "This is a shame on the American administration, which says it is trying to promote human rights and democracy in the Middle East."

US vetoes motion on Gaza attack

'06 N0ov 12 Arabs 'to break Hamas aid freeze' Arab foreign ministers considering a response to Israel's Gaza offensive say they have decided to break a freeze on aid to the Palestinian government.

The ministers met hours after the US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli actions in Gaza..... Arab League chief Amr Moussa said the veto was incomprehensible..... The Arab ministers, meeting in Cairo, said they would somehow get funds to the Palestinians despite a Western-led ban imposed when Hamas was elected.

The US and the European Union regard Hamas as a terrorist organisation. *****(even though it was freely and democratically elected)*****


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