Foreign Ministers from Arab nations including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, and Kuwait are in Cairo today for an emergency meeting to discuss an "immediate" and "proper" response to the Israeli shelling of a town in Beit Hanoun. The ministers were scheduled to discuss measures that could be taken against Israel after the U.S. vetoed an Arab-backed draft Security Council resolution condemning the attack.
Secretary Rice said that the U.S. was "compelled" to reject the resolution because it "used the tragic incident in Beit Hanoun to advance a one-sided political agenda." Ten of the 15 council member nations voted in favor while four - Britain, Denmark, Japan and the Slovak Republic - abstained. The draft had demanded an immediate withdrawal of the IDF from Gaza and an end of "aggression" by Israel, which was labelled the "occupying power."