"the united states has blocked a statement from the UN security council, which would have regretted the Israeli decision not to extend the mandate of the international observation mission Tiph in Hebron in the occupied west bank."
"– the Council to be almost unanimous in their concerns about the situation, said the security council president Anatolio Ndong Mba told reporters after the meeting, writes NTB."
"Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the decision on the grounds that the Tiph work against Israel. The mandate expired on 31 January. In the strength, which has been in place since 1997 and the latest was led by a Norwegian, was 64 unarmed civilian observers. The task was to reduce the friction between the jewish settlers and Hebron's palestinians. 13 of the observers were Swedish."
"In a joint statement, Sweden and other countries in the mission expressed regret at the israeli decision."