Toronto Star | 26Feb2011 | Orest Slepokura

The Arab awakening

Last week, scores of nations co-sponsored a UN resolution calling Jewish settlements in Israel’s occupied territory illegal, with 14 of 15 UN Security Council member nations voting in agreement. The lone holdout, far out of sync with the vast international consensus, was the United States, which has again saved Israel from absolute diplomatic isolation. But at what price to U.S. standing in the region?

Coming as it does in the midst of all the political ferment roiling the Arab world, for the masses marching in the streets of Arab capitals the American veto -- one in a long series -- will translate as yet another insult added to the injury inflicted on the Palestinians. It will serve as a jarring reminder the U.S. is no honest broker, which is almost certain to have adverse consequences for American foreign policy across the Middle East.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta.