US to abstain on UN Jerusalem resolution?
If Obama did that he would be in violation of an act declaring an undivided Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. He would also face rebellion in Congress where three quarters of the members have already gone on record as opposing the administrations current push against Israel.
The US is considering abstaining from a possible UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, the BBC has learned.
The possibility surfaced at talks in Paris last week between a senior US official and Qatar's foreign minister.
The official said the US would "seriously consider abstaining" if the issue of Israeli settlements was put to the vote, a diplomat told the BBC.
The US usually blocks Security Council resolutions criticising Israel.
But relations between the allies have been severely strained by the announcement of plans to build 1,600 homes in an East Jerusalem settlement during a recent visit to Israel by US Vice-President Joe Biden.