UNSC fails to agree on statement over Gaza ops

The UN Security Council failed to agree on a statement Thursday on a recent surge in violence between Israel and the Palestinians, after the United States said the proposed draft was unfairly critical of Israel. The Palestinian UN observer, Riyad Mansour, strongly suggested that the United States was the lone holdout against the statement, though he did not mention the US by name. He referred to "one member who is shielding and protecting the Israeli actions and aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza and in other parts of the occupied territory." Diplomats said Britain and Denmark also had problems with the draft, and US Ambassador John Bolton would not say if the United States was the only one opposed.