US Veto of UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements in Palestine

By Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa, (On Twitter) @c_tamirisa

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Issue

US Veto of UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements in Palestine on February 18, 2011

The United States of America vetoed the resolution that “Israel, as the occupying power, immediately and completely [cease] all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and that it fully respect its legal obligations in this regard.” American veto did not permit the resolution to pass under UN rules because the United States is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. To those more interested, the rest of the report can be found on the United Nations web site here, which also has a video of the deliberations of the UN Security Council.

Relevance to the People

Independence from Middle Eastern Oil Supply to Global Oil Markets

Even though the President of the United States is the Executive and makes policy as a representative of the people of the United States, the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was crucial in the decision to go to wars in the Middle East since the end of World War II, typically at a great cost to the American people and at great benefit to special interest groups, especially the oil lobby. Therefore, public opinion in the United States in advance of any policy actions by the United States can influence American foreign and military policies to avert future military conflicts and save American lives by eliminating the dependence of the United States on Middle Eastern oil supply to the global oil markets.

What the White House Should Do?

1. The White House should not have vetoed the UN Resolution as the only country to have done so. But for the US veto, Israel would have had to respect the 1967 borders of the two states, Israel and Palestine.

2. The United States must ask Israel to work with its neighbors in the region to peacefully settle the conflict.
3. When conflict resolution regionally is difficult, the United Nations must become the forum for dispute resolution.
4. The United Nations must be reformed as necessary to be able to effectively address the global challenges of the 21st century.

What the White House and the Congress Should Do?

  1. Pass a comprehensive energy bill to make the United States self-sufficient in its energy supplies.
  2. The White House must initiate UN reforms for the Congress to later ratify them.

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