" While we agree with our fellow Council members and indeed, with the wider world about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this Council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians". In other words, the U.S. prefers direct talks now to address the core issues and their mediation. It's not new that Israel's position, especially Netanyahu's Likud, is that the UN has been historically biased against Israel - probably not always an accurate assessment. What's more important is what do Israelis think about continuing construction in the West Bank, not the U.S. position. Do they support PM Netanyahu's approach to the peace process? It's not totally a U.S. area of responsibility but rather an internal Israeli issue of concern.
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from the article: With settlement resolution veto, Obama has joined Likud