"...our opposition to the resolution before this Council today should therefore not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity. On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity."
"This draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides. It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations and if and when they did resume to return to the Security Council whenever they reach an impasse."
"The United States has been deeply committed to pursuing a comprehensive and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In that context, we have been focused on taking steps that advance the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security, rather than complicating it. That includes a commitment to work in good faith with all parties to underscore our opposition to continued settlements."
"...major Jewish donors told Obama that they would stop funding the party if israel was condemned, leading him to make the decision to veto the resolution."