US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaks after he vetoed a resolution before the UN Security Council condemning Israel for incursions in the Gaza Strip, at the United Nations in New York, July 13, 2006. (Chip East/Reuters)
John Bolton’s statement today on the “many” reasons why the United States rejected Qatar’s Middle East Resolution to have the UN “engaged” in the crisis:
It placed demands on one side in the
Middle Eastconflict but not the other. . . .
Passage would also have undermined the credibility of the Security Council, which itself must be seen by both sides as an honest broker in the Middle East conflict. . . .
The United States worked hard with other delegations to achieve a more balanced text, one which acknowledged that Israeli military actions were in direct response to repeated rocket attacks into Southern Israel from Gaza and the June 25 abduction of Israeli Defense Force Corporal Gilad Shalit by Hamas. Regrettably, we were not able to reach consensus. . . .
[W]e remain steadfast in our conviction that the best way to resolve the immediate crisis is for Hamas to secure the safe and unconditional release of Corporal Shalit.
Establishing the foundations for a lasting peace, however, will require us to focus our attention not just on Hamas, but on the state sponsors of terror who back them -- particularly
Syriaand . Iran
Let us be clear that without the financial and material support of
Damascusand , Hamas would be severely crippled in carrying out its terrorist operations. We call upon Tehran Syriaand to end their role as state sponsors of terror and unequivocally condemn the actions of Hamas, including this kidnapping. Iran
We yet again call upon
Syriato arrest the Hamas ringleader, Khaled Meshal, who currently resides in . We stress again our condemnation of Syrian and Iranian support of Hizballah, which has claimed responsibility for the other kidnappings along the Blue Line between Damascus Israeland . Lebanon
We further call on the Palestinian Authority government to stop all acts of violence and terror and comply with the principles enunciated by the Quartet: renounce terror, recognize
, and accept previous obligations and agreements, including the Roadmap. . . . Israel
[T]he issue for us is whether action by this Council makes such a solution more or less likely, not simply whether or not the Council seems to be "engaged".
Ten of the 15 Security Council nations voted in favor (including
Thank God for American exceptionalism, and its representative at the UN.