Perhaps a clue as to Israel's motives in vetoing the adoption of a UN resolution on the subject can be found in Abbas' remark that ' it was a sign of the seriousness of the United States.' Wouldn't want these resolutions -- innocuous as they are -- given any more force than necessary. Keep going down that road and there might be peace at the end of it.
4.2-scale earthquake felt in Dead Sea, Jerusalem area (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S. withdraws UN Annapolis resolution after Israel objects