World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Condoleezza Rice: Vote on UNSC Israel Resolution

Vote on UNSC Resolution on Israel

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
November 11, 2006

On November 8, Israeli artillery shells were fired into a residential area of Beit Hanoun, killing 17 civilians. The injuries and loss of life, and especially the deaths of a number of young children, were tragic. That day, President Bush conveyed deepest condolences on behalf of the United States. The President called on all parties to act with care so as to avoid any harm to innocent civilians.

The Israeli government has apologized for the incident and stated that it did not intend to fire on Beit Hanoun. It has promised a thorough investigation. The United States calls on Israel to report its findings as soon as possible and to take appropriate steps to avoid a repetition of these events.

Today, the United States was compelled to vote against a resolution in the United Nations Security Council because the resolution would have used the tragic incident in Beit Hanoun to advance a one-sided political agenda. We do not believe the resolution was designed to contribute to the cause of peace. Among other things, the resolution included an unsubstantiated determination that Israel had violated international law. The resolution included inflammatory and unnecessary language that would aggravate the situation in Gaza. The resolution, moreover, failed to include any reference to terrorism or to condemn Hamas for its threats to broaden the attacks against Israel and the United States.

The United States calls on all sides to undertake their obligations, as spelled out in the Roadmap, in order to realize the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.


Released on November 11, 2006


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news