NBC: Obama Was Planning To Forgo Veto on Anti-Settlements UN Resolution

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The Times of Israel reports: WASHINGTON — The United States was planning to abstain from Thursday’s vote on an Egyptian-drafted resolution at the United Nations Security Council condemning Israeli settlements, according to NBC News and Reuters.

Sources confirmed to the US TV network the US was planning to forgo its veto and allow the resolution to pass before Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi pulled out and asked for a delay, reportedly under Israeli diplomatic pressure.

Reuters, for its part, quoted “two Western officials” saying the US intended to allow the Security Council to approve the resolution, in what it termed “a major reversal of US practice of protecting Israel from such criticism.”

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