"The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to discuss a draft resolution next week demanding that Israel halt all construction in West Bank settlements."
The US is officially on record against Israel's settlement expansion.
The US has vetoed more than 90 resolutions against Israel.
Are they going to do this again?
Let's HOPE NOT!
"the U.S. nonetheless generally vetoes Security Council resolutions critical of Israel, viewing them as unhelpful interference in the peace process. "
The SETTLEMENTS are the interference in the peace process. Let the US for once have their actions coincide with what they say they mean! Furthermore, let the US for ONCE be on the right side of international law concerning Israel.
Israel approves the construction of 1300 units in East Jerusalem
What can YOU do while just simply sitting at your computer?
Send them an email voicing your opinion, that Israel is breaking international law with their continued settlement advancement, that the US is officially on record against it, that if Bush means anything he is saying, that he wants an agreement reached soon (HIGHLY unlikely, but that IS what he has said) then the US must NOT block this resolution.
Their email is not on their website, so I called to get it
WRITE TO THEM.
THEN: Contact the White House and your Senator and Representative:
UN to discuss resolution demanding that Israel halt West Bank settlement construction
| By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent|
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to discuss a draft resolution next week demanding that Israel halt all construction in West Bank settlements.
Representatives of the UN's Arab bloc met Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York for a final discussion of the draft and made last-minute revisions in preparation for its submission to the Security Council.
UN sources told Haaretz that the draft is the first that addresses the settlement issue in "a sweeping, unequivocal and direct manner." According to the sources, the driving force behind the resolution is Saudi Arabia, although officially, it was an initiative of the Arab League.
Diplomats affiliated with the Arab bloc said that Arab representatives at the UN have been discussing the new resolution for several weeks, during which time the draft has undergone several revisions.
The decision to formally submit the draft next week, the diplomats said, was made in response to Housing Minister Ze'ev Boim's announcement that tenders had been issued for the construction of 120 housing units in Har Homa and 700 units in Pisgat Ze'ev. Both Har Homa and Pisgat Ze'ev are neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was sharply critical of the decision to issue the tenders, calling the building plans a blatant violation of the road map peace plan. According to the diplomats, this condemnation by Ban spurred the Arab bloc to expedite its deliberations and request an urgent meeting of the Security Council, at which they plan to submit the draft.
If the resolution is put to a vote, most Security Council members are expected to vote in favor of it. However, the United States' position on the issue is not yet clear. Although the American administration has consistently opposed Israeli construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/992339.html.