Sunday, January 4, 2009
The United States has blocked approval of a U.N. Security Council statement that called for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel. U.S. deputy ambassador Alejandro Wolff said that because the United States saw no prospect of Hamas abiding by the council's call to end attacks on Israel, a new statement "would not be adhered to and would have no underpinning for success, would not do credit to the council." Click here to read more from the Los Angeles Times. IN THE PHOTO - Zalmay Khalilzad (centre), Permanent Representative of United States to the United Nations, is addressing the Security Council emergency meeting on December 31, 2008 on the situation in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel. There still appears to be no diplomatic solution to the situation in Gaza.