In closed-door discussion among the 15-nation council's diplomats, Libya insisted the statement should be "balanced" by including condemnation of Israeli actions in Gaza, a Libyan U.N. representative said after the meeting.
The reason for this endless cycle of violence between the Muslim world and rest is in my opinion a flawed US foreign policy - nobody looks at the real reasons behind why the Muslim world is unhappy but choose to focus on the manifestation of that anger. This has to change.
For a background of the Palestine mandate and the formation of Israel see Alistair Cooke's brilliant Letter from America.
Did you notice something that Lord Balfour's declaration and the famous United Nations resolution have in common?
A fatal omission of one word.
Balfour said Britain favoured "a national home in Palestine". The Jews took this to mean Palestine would be it - the national home.
The Arabs said - No, no the declaration says only "a national home" meaning in part of Palestine.
A quarter century later the UN resolution said Israel must withdraw from occupied territories, which to the Israelis meant some territories. To the Arabs it meant the, all the occupied territories.
Each of them through decades of bloodshed and unstinting hate have held to these opposing interpretations. All because of a missing "the".
Next time you draft a treaty pay attention to the simplest English words that can say so much like "by" and "with" and "from" and "for" - and pay special attention to the definite article, the harmless word of three letters: T H E.