US: ‘Shouting from UN rooftops’ won’t help peace –


12/22/2011 05:52

State Dept says sides must return to negotiations; Foreign Ministry, Meridor slam European condemnation.

The United States on Wednesday addressed the near-complete condemnation of Israeli settlement policy by UN Security Council members the day before and its own vetoes of UNSC resolutions critical of Israel.

“Shouting from the rooftops of the Security Council is not going to change the situation on the ground,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters at the State Department Wednesday. Israelis and Palestinians, she explained, must “get back to the table and settle these issues together, and that’s the way we are going to have a lasting, stable peace.”

Addressing a pointed comment by Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who without naming the US specifically accused Washington of believing things will “miraculously” sort themselves out on their own, Nuland said “there are no miracles to be had here.”

“There is hard work to be done by the parties, supported by the international community,” she added.