UNITED NATIONS — Despite intense pressure from a group of Arab dignitaries at United Nations headquarters, the Bush administration refused to climb on board a growing movement to cease or at least suspend its support of Israel's invasion of Gaza.
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad met for almost two hours with a group of Arab foreign ministers who had traveled to New York City to get some movement from the United Nations on the Gaza crisis.
The group, led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, had been lobbying various U.N. bodies since early morning.
While expressing sympathy for the Arab position, diplomats say Khalilzad held firm on the White House demand that any halt to the Israeli invasion not simply amount to a breather for Hamas to re-arm.
Exiting his meeting with the Arab ministers, Khalilzad expressed hope that any action the Security Council takes does not repeat the mistakes made in the Lebanon in 2006.
Intelligence sources claim that Hezbollah used its truce with Israel to more than double its stockpile of mortars and missiles.
"We saw in Lebanon that the ceasefire was violated and used to re-arm. We don't want to see it happen again."
U.S. diplomats tell Newsmax that, despite the increasing public pressure, Washington will not be pushed into any premature action.
"It is still too soon to predict any action," a senior U.S. official said. "There are still too many questions."
The conflict will enter its second week with no apparent end to the Israeli campaign to neutralize Hamas and its supporters.
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