Israel Now Calls The Shots On US Policy?

January 12, 2009

The US had originially pledged to vote in favor of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza. At the last minute, Condi Rice unexpectedly informed Mideast allies that the US would not support the resolution. The other 14 members of the council voted in favor, the US abstained.

Apparently, Ehud Olmert believes he is responsible for changing the vote by calling President Bush away from a podium during a speech and issuing orders:

“Rice was essentially ready to support the resolution — until a last-minute intervention from President Bush. In a speech in Israel, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert bragged that he called Bush at the last minute, urging that the U.S. not vote to support the resolution. Bush acquiesced to Olmert’s demands:

‘In the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a ceasefire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favour,’ Olmert said.

‘I said “get me President Bush on the phone.” They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care. “I need to talk to him now.” He got off the podium and spoke to me.” I told him the United States could not vote in favour. It cannot vote in favour of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favour.'”



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