US refuses to condemn Israel over new settlements

Washington—The United States has refused to say whether or not it would support a Palestinian proposal for a United Nations resolution to condemn Israeli settlement building – but ruled nothing out.
While Washington often criticizes Israeli building work in occupied areas as an obstacle to peace, it has also traditionally resisted Palestinian efforts to pressure Israel through the United Nations.
And, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the United States wields a veto that it has often used in the past to shoot down motions it deems unfairly critical of Israel.—Agencies

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