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US (officially) denies Olmert influenced UN vote


The US has denied that a telephone call made by Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, to George Bush, the US president, led to the US abstaining in a UN vote on the Gaza war last week.

In a speech late on Monday, Olmert said Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, was left "pretty shamed" at the vote and had to abstain on a resolution she had helped arrange.

Sean McCormack, a US state department spokesmen, who was with Rice at the UN last week during debate on the security council resolution, said the remarks were "just 100 per cent, totally, completely untrue".

McCormack said that Washington had no plans to seek clarification from Israel.

Mark Regev, a spokesman for Ehud Olmert, said the Israeli leader stood by his remarks.

Telephone influence

The Israeli prime minister said on Monday that he demanded to talk to Bush last Thursday, minutes before a vote in the UN Security Council on a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

"When we saw that Rice, for reasons we did not really understand, wanted to vote in favour of the resolution ... I looked for President Bush," Olmert said.

Bush, who Olmert said was taken off a stage in Philadelphia where he was making a speech, said he was not informed on the resolution and was "not familiar with the phrasing".

"I'm familiar with it. You can't vote in favour." Olmert claimed telling the US president.

"He [Bush] gave an order to the secretary of state and she did not vote in favour of it, a resolution she cooked up, phrased, organised and manoeuvred for," Olmert said.

Bush was in Philadelphia on Thursday morning and gave a 27-minute speech on education policy that ended about 10 hours before the UN vote and there was no interruption of the public event.

The Israeli prime minister described Bush as an "unparalleled friend" of Israel.

UN call

Fourteen of the security council's 15 members supported the legally binding resolution, which has until now failed to stop Israel's offensive in Gaza.

Olmert criticised the UN resolution, saying that "no decision, present or future, will deny us our basic right to defend the residents of Israel".

Israel launched its offensive on December 27, in what it said was an attempt to stop Hamas firing rockets into southern Israel from Gaza.

After an intensive air campaign in the first week, Israel sent ground forces into Gaza in the second week of fighting and continues to push deeper into the strip.

Source; http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/01/200911402950253579.html

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  • US does as AIPAC says...

    The White House has been occupied by dual-citizens for many many years now.

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  • OH come on guys, Olmert just want to show that US is really Israel's b*tch!

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  • "McCormack said that Washington had no plans to seek clarification from Israel."

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  • I paid the bastards well enough, they'll vote how i tell them to vote. I own the US.

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    • This is the first time I agree with you. AIPAC greases the palms of corrupt White House officials ironically by tax payers funds....

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    • uhhh, Lou... it was a joke. Man, you need to lighten up. You ever think about getting a 'script for some weed? you know, burn one and relax a bit? You take this big joke, we call life, way too seriously...

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  • So who's lying, Bush or Olmert?? Man, this is a tough one.

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  • LMAO...too true! Hahaha..

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  • Olmert called the wrong number, I told him that but he wouldnt hang up on me. So I said something "yes, I look into it" and stuff.

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  • What is Olmert's goal in reporting this news other than to make him seem more powerful yet it demeans the relationship with his number one Ally. I think Israel needs a firm spanking. Bend over Olmert and drop your drawers.

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  • Oh yeah and Olmert is clearly upset by the fact we would sell him our deep penetrating Bunker busters he wanted for an attack against Iran. There is a much greater battle on the horizon for the middle east and possibly the world called Iran.

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  • The jews have their hooks firmly embedded into the US of A. They control the media so they control the propaganda. No US politician wants stand up the the eternal jew, that makes them cowards and traitors.

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  • On average, the U.S gave more than $6.8 million* to Israel each day and
    gave $0.3 million** to the Palestinians each day during Fiscal Year 2007.

    http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/usaid.html

    ** The source for US aid to the Palestinians during Fiscal Year 2007 is the Congressional Research Service's Report "U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians"

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    • What, and finance a group of known terrorists?

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    • lame....1.5 mil Pals in Gaza alone and u call them "a group of known terrorists".....by your logic all americans are known terrorists since you're always funding some right-wing death squad somewhere.

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    • and all Canadians kiss the Queens ass or speak a funny kind of french that even the French can't understand?

      I was speaking of the Hamas goverment, pinhead. Who do you think gets the money? The palistian people? Yeah, right.

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    • Hamas gets the money?....LMAO..educated americans.....lol

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    • LOL. Educated? Yes, i am. That's why i retired at 39 and didn't lose any money during this "economic crisis"... how about you, Canuck? Oh, that's right, Burger King pays pretty good up there and they always need burger flippers.

      As just about everyone else has pointed out Troll, you need to get out of mummy's basement and see the world... join the Canadian Army. Hold on, They have standards and only take real men. Sorry.

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  • The world knows US for the sheep we are.

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  • Ha,... The US gets OWNED all the Time ! ! !

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    • This coming from a "Kiwi" LOL.....what the fvck have you all done??

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    • 20 years ago we banned your nuclear powered and armed ships from entering into our waters and harbours.

      You still have not suceeded in entering our waters since, much to your governments dismay.

      We are also the people you(USA) call when you need recon done in Afganistan in the 48 hours after 9/11.

      We also split the atom(Ernest Rutherford),were the 1st to give women the vote in politics, Scott dickson got his face on the Indy500 trophy yesterday,Sir Edmond Hillary was the 1st to climb M More..

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  • Who owns the US?? Not a terrorist organization.....like Hamas thank god

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  • Money is power. American Jews have all the money.

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  • what a dumb post again mr pill.you only post this stuff to try to get americans to start hating jews,never mind aipac,how wbout post the overseas aid america gives to other countries besides the "bad zionazis"

    look at the comments form the terrorist supporters before my comment,that says it all.
    they also give palestine plenty of aid and yet they they shout death to america,don't bite the hand that feeds you palestine.

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  • form=from wbout=about

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  • "she was left pretty shamed" only thing shamed is the reporting

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