The United States, declining to shield its Israeli ally, today supported a unanimous Security Council resolution deploring Israel's deportation of Palestinians and calling for U.N. monitoring of their safety.
In a separate, non-binding statement, the 15-member council agreed a properly timed and structured international conference should be held to facilitate a lasting peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The statement also said the Arab-Israeli conflict is unique and must be addressed independently on its own merits, an indirect way of saying there must not be linkage to the Persian Gulf crisis.
The council action had been bogged down while the United States sought to ensure that there was no linkage between the Arab-Israeli conflict and a settlement of the gulf crisis. The separate, non-binding statement was a compromise intended to keep the two issues apart.