Olmert: I Made Condi Abstain on Gaza Vote

Israel PM claims he 'embarrassed' Rice in urgent call to Bush
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 13, 2009 9:25 AM CST
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice abstains as Vietnamese representative Le Luong Minh votes for the resolution during a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Gaza, Jan. 8, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Israel’s prime minister says an urgent call to President Bush last week resulted in Condoleezza Rice changing her vote on a UN Gaza resolution, the New York Times reports, with Ehud Olmert adding that the secretary of State “was left pretty embarrassed.” Rice helped draft the measure urging peace, which passed 14-0 with the US abstaining; a State spokesman said that was always the plan.

Olmert told the story in a speech yesterday, reports the AP. “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.” Rice later said she abstained in light of Egyptian-French peace efforts. The White House said today that Olmert's account is “inaccurate,” Reuters adds.