The White House denied reports that claimed that President Barack Obama vowed to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, that the U.S will not use its Veto power to obstruct any decision that condemns Israel for resuming its settlement activities, including in East Jerusalem. The White House stated that such news are inaccurate, and that U.S policy with Israel and the United Nations did not and will not change, and added that the U.S will continue to support what he called “Israel’s right to defend itself”.

The statements came in response to reports published Friday by several media outlets stating that Obama vowed to Abbas that Washington will not use its Veto power at the Security Council to foil any decision that condemns Israel for its settlement activities.

The media outlets said that Obama’s vows were verbal and were made during a meeting between the two leaders.