- By David BoscoDavid Bosco is a Foreign Policy contributing editor and assistant professor at American University's School of International Service. He is at work on a book about the International Criminal Court's first decade.
The United States has often stood alone in the UN Security Council when it comes to Israel-Palestine. In most cases, that isolation results in an American veto of draft resolutions supported by other Council members. In the past decade, the United States has vetoed almost a dozen resolutions it deemed too critical of Israel.
Today in New York, the other fourteen members of the Security Council used an imaginative tactic to signal Council displeasure with Israel (over its settlement expansion) while avoiding a formal veto. Voice of America‘s Margaret Besheer reports:
All members of the U.N. Security Council, with the lone exception of the United States, have publicly condemned Israel’s recent settlement expansion activities and called for them to end. In a rare move, 14 of the council’s 15 members read public statements of their views instead of seeking formal action by the council, since that likely would have been opposed by the United States.
Normally the Security Council carries on its work around the horseshoe-shaped table inside its chamber. But on Wednesday, 14 council members took to the microphone outside the chamber to express their condemnation of Israel’s latest settlement expansion announcement.