JERUSALEM (AFP) â€“ Condoleezza Rice was ordered to abstain in a key UN vote on the Gaza war, Israeli PM Olmert said Monday.
â€œShe was left shamed. A resolution that she prepared and arranged, and in the end she did not vote in favour,â€ Olmert said in a speech in the southern town of Ashkelon.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution calling for immediate ceasefire in the conflict in Gaza and an Israeli withdrawal.
14 of the councilâ€™s 15 members voted in favour of the resolution, which was later rejected by both Israel and Hamas.
â€œIn the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a ceasefire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favor,â€ Olmert said
â€œI said â€˜get me President Bush on the phoneâ€™. They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didnâ€™t care. â€˜I need to talk to him nowâ€™. He got off the podium and spoke to me.
â€œI told him the United States could not vote in favour. It cannot vote in favour of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favour.â€