The United States vetoed Friday a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have declared Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said that while the United States agrees 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."
The veto is the first to be used under the Obama administration.
UNSC Resolution 242, which emphasized the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war", was adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council on November 22, 1967. How many Palestinian homes have been demolished since 1967? How much Palestinian land has Israel annexed since 1967? How long did it take the US to vote yes on the UNSC resolution that condemned Iraq's invasion of Kuwait? How long did it take the US to use that UNSC resolution to go to war and bomb the Shiite out of Iraq and force Iraqi forces out of Kuwait?