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US targeted over failure to condemn Israel


UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Fourteen frustrated members of the U.N. Security Council are pointing a finger at the United States for blocking any condemnation of Israel's accelerated settlement construction in Palestinian territory.

In a move which Russia called historic, diplomats from all regional blocs represented on the council stepped to the microphone Tuesday to condemn the lack of progress toward a solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

While the United States was not mentioned by name, their anger was clearly directed at Washington which vetoed a resolution in February backed by the 14 other council members that would have demanded an immediate halt to all settlement building.

The U.S., Israel's closest ally, chose not to speak to reporters.

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