On Tuesday Qatar circulated a revised draft of United Nations Security Council resolution demanding the unconditional release of a captured Israeli soldier as well as ‘s immediate withdrawal from
The initial draft, put forward by the council’s sole Arab member, on behalf of Arab, Islamic and non-aligned states at the UN, condemned Israel’s arrest and detention of dozens of elected Palestinian officials and the "large-scale military assault" in Gaza. The draft resolution demanded that "immediately cease its aggression" against Palestinian civilians, pull its forces out of
It called on the Palestinian Authority to "take immediate and sustained action to bring an end to violence, including the firing of rockets on Israeli territory."
The latest version of the draft, first proposed in the 15-nation council last Thursday, added several provisions in hopes of winning broader support. Some council members criticized the initial version of the text as biased against . The new draft added language expressing "grave concern" about the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel and condemning "all acts of violence, terror and destruction" including the recent abduction and killing of an Israeli civilian in the West Bank. Junior council diplomats met on Tuesday afternoon to go over the text and suggest further changes.
U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said it remained flawed and