The White House brought Palestinians back on board for derailed Mideast peace talks with a pledge that the U.S. would consider allowing a UN Security Council resolution - if one should arise - condemning Israel for building in disputed territory, according to officials briefed on the diplomacy.
Withholding a veto from a UN resolution critical of Israel would be a significant reversal of decades of U.S. policy of largely unwavering support for Israel in the body. The U.S. has vetoed more than 40 UN resolutions critical of Israel since 1972.
(Wall Street Journal)
Report Details U.S. Threat to Israel on UN -Ben Smith
The New York Times reported that U.S. envoy George Mitchell's deputy, David Hale, "indicated to the Palestinians that if Israel proceeded with the construction of 1,600 housing units in Jerusalem's ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, the United States would abstain from, rather than veto, a resolution in the United Nations Security Council condemning the move."