Gaza crisis set up UN showdown
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 3:34
- Date Nov 21, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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-- more now about the crisis in Gaza it is setting up a showdown in the United Nations after the US blocked a Security Council statement.
Condemning the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
Because the US says it failed to address the root cause of the problem.
Hamas rocket attacks -- is pushing pushing for a resolution on the issue -- accuses the US of filibustering.
Joining us now ambassador John Bolton the former US ambassador to the United Nations also a Fox News contributor.
If you had been at that post if you had been UN ambassador you would have done exactly the same thing right block this UN statement.
Right exactly that this is part of the theater that goes on in New York in the Security Council whenever there hostilities like this in the Middle East.
So the text of this particular proposed statement was very one sided and the administration.
Was correct to to block it.
It it basically blamed Israel for answering for you know for using violence from for bombing.
In response to these Hamas rocket attacks.
Friday it's it's a typical moral equivalence that day you see at the UN you have terrorism on the one side by Hamas self defensive by the Israelis on the other and it turns out it's the Israelis -- So now Russia which wouldn't you know with which President Obama has said he wants to have more flexibility after this election.
Russia is proposing a resolution.
Wright -- but this is this is the reset button at work as showing why it really hasn't changed anything you know a presidential statement is that by the president Security -- -- pretty insignificant thing a Security Council resolution.
Is much more significant and what the Russians are doing clearly.
Is pushing something they know the United States will have to -- and what they're trying to do is isolate and embarrass.
The United States by -- at least so far.
Pushing to a public session where we will have to cast a veto.
-- a -- erupt there I'd I would enjoy doing it I'm not sure the administration will enjoy it but I suspect they'll be telling any of them.
So essentially this resolution would be the same thing as as this statement and the US would have to almost certainly -- Yes in a very public way and that's what the Russians are trying to do they're trying to have this additional theater in in New York doesn't help.
The situation on the ground but there obviously political reasons for the Russians to do those lets them.
Back -- and take a look at the bigger picture why now why is Hamas.
Going after launching these rockets now does it have something to do with.
Iran and its nuclear ambitions.
-- I suspect there are various motives behind the Hamas attacks.
But certainly one of them is the fact that Iran we now know obviously has supplied.
These five you're five rockets that have the range to reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem so that.
Iran is demonstrating that both Hamas in the Gaza Strip and -- -- Lebanon have the capability to hit.
Any civilian target.
In Israel and that's.
Designed to focus Israel's attention and deter Israel from a decision to go after the Iran in nuclear weapons program because just as a simple matter of physics the Israeli Air Force.
Can't be in three places at the same time it can't be attacking the Iran in nuclear program.
While also suppressing.
Rocket fire from Hezbollah and Hamas.
Ambassador John Bolton joining us this morning ambassador thank you.