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Ex-officials urge Obama to back U.N. resolution on settlements


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/nation_world/article/ex-officials_urge_obama_to_back_un_resolution_on_settlements_20110119

Former U.S. officials and policy writers are urging President Obama to endorse a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution blasting Israel's settlement policy and calling for a return to peace talks. "At this critical juncture, how the U.S. chooses to cast its vote on a settlements resolution will have a defining effect on our standing as a broker in Middle East peace," says the letter, signed mostly by figures who have favored greater U.S. pressure on Israel in the past, sent Wednesday to Obama. "But the impact of this vote will be felt well beyond the arena of Israeli-Palestinian deal-making -- our seriousness as a guarantor of international law and international legitimacy is at stake."

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