An Israeli official has claimed that the US administration will exert all necessary efforts to suppress any Palestinian attempt to have a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. According to Israeli media sources, the anonymous official said that the United States will work behind the scenes to prevent any resolution condemning settlement construction from even being put on the agenda of the UN Security Council. If such efforts fail, he said, the US might use its veto or propose a “more balanced” draft resolution.
The Israeli government is fearful that the US might not use its veto to stop a “hostile” Security Council resolution condemning settlement activity. As a result, it has ordered its diplomats around the world to make contact with the representatives of the Security Council member states to campaign against any resolution which isn’t favourable to Israel.