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 tot he table and settle these issues
together, and that's the way we are going to have a lasting, stable
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.