The US is considering abstaining from a possible UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, sources suggest to the BBC.
The possibility surfaced at talks in Paris last week between a senior US official and Qatar’s foreign minister.
The official said the US would “seriously consider abstaining” if the issue of Israeli settlements was put to the vote, a diplomat told the BBC.
Those of us who support Israel find this very alarming. As Prof. Jacobson said,
If true, this would mark a very dangerous development because U.N. resolutions, even if not containing explicit sanctions, are one of the primary tools for delegitimizing Israel. Depending upon the wording of the resolution, the damage could be severe.
This could be the change Israel’s enemies were hoping for.
And now that the intention to abstain has surfaced as a possibility, it’s only a matter of time before the resolution is filed.