Still, diplomats say Washington remains isolated on the council because of its staunch support for Israel, which the majority of U.N. member states believe has worked hard to sabotage peace talks with the Palestinians. [...]
Highlighting its isolation on the Security Council, Washington cast the sole vote against the settlements resolution. The other 14 members -- including Washington's European allies such as Britain and France -- opposed the United States and Israel and voted for the resolution.
Quite apart from Charbonneau's unsupported and heavily biased assertion that the majority of UN member states believe Israel "has worked hard to sabotage peace talks with the Palestinians", the Reuters reporter seems oblivious to the non sequitur inherent in his claim on the one hand, that the US is isolated on the question of Palestinian statehood and on the other hand, the fact that the Palestinians are unlikely to be able to muster the minimum nine votes needed on the UN Security Council to force a US veto.The Europeans agree with Washington that the Palestinian U.N. bid is unwise and are inclined to oppose it. But the Europeans and Americans are far apart on the Middle East issue and diplomats say Washington remains as isolated as ever.
In other words, the US is not isolated at all in its stand that bilateral negotiations between the parties are the appropriate and indeed sole way to resolve the conflict. The entire EU and scores of other countries in the General Assembly take the same view.
Charbonneau however, would much prefer that his readers buy into his fatuous anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda.