"She was left shamed. A resolution that she prepared and arranged, and in the end she did not vote in favor," Olmert said in a speech in the southern town of Ashkelon.
The UN Security Council last Thursday called for an immediate ceasefire in the three-week-old conflict in the Gaza Strip and an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza where hundreds have been killed. Fourteen of the council's 15 members voted in favour of the resolution, which was later rejected by both Israel and Hamas. The United States, Israel's main ally, had initially been expected to vote in line with the other 14 but later became the sole abstainee
"In 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," Olmert said
"I said 'get me President Bush on the phone'. They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn't care. 'I need to talk to him now'. He got off the podium and spoke to me.
"I told him the United States could not vote in favor. It cannot vote in favor of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favor."
Despite the boast about Israel's clout over the US, the Jewish state expressed worry Monday over a contrary situation in Europe where tens of thousands of people have staged anti-Israel marches and several attacks have been reported against Jews and synagogues (in France, Sweden and Britain). In the latest, two firebombs were hurled at a synagogue in a Paris suburb.
"We have received with great concern and revulsion many reports of physical, moral, verbal and other manifestations of anti-Semitic attacks towards Jews and Israeli citizens in many parts of the world," Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said in a written statement.
But her concern was dwarfed by two medics who returned to Norway after working 10 days at a Gaza's Shifa Hospital. They said Israel's offensive in Gaza can be compared to the massacre of Palestinians in Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by Israeli-backed Lebanese militiamen in 1982. "Gaza in 2009 is becoming a new bloody chapter in Palestinian and Middle Eastern history that is, unfortunately, comparable to Sabra and Shatila," Mads Gilbert told reporters at Oslo's Gardermoen airport.
Gilbert, 61, and his colleague Erik Fosse, 58, had both worked in Lebanon in 1982. "We hoped we would never see anything like it again," Gilbert said.
But that was not to be.
"Every third person killed and every second person injured is a child under 18 or a woman," he said. "Gaza is living an enormous humanitarian crisis... The bombing must stop and the borders (with Israel and Egypt) must be opened so that civilians can receive food, water and be safe," he said. – Agencies