New York, NY, February 18, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed appreciation to the United States for vetoing the "fundamentally flawed" U.N. Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements and for making clear to the Palestinian Authority that the only route to peace is through direct negotiations with Israel.
Abraham H. Foxman,ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We express our strong appreciation to the United States for its forceful action in vetoing this resolution. The Obama Administration has made clear to the Palestinian Authority that it will not be a party to its efforts to avoid direct negotiations with Israel. We hope the Palestinians will now buckle down and return to direct talks with Israel.
With its undue focus on Israeli settlements, while failing to refer to other difficult and complicated issues in Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the resolution was fundamentally flawed. Indeed, actions related to settlements are stated as "demands," whereas, the parties are merely "called on" to take other action to promote the peace process.