Russia Today has the story:
In the days leading up to yesterday’s Security Council vote on Gaza, Condoleezza Rice assured her colleagues in the Arab League that the United States would support a UK-drafted ceasefire resolution. Then, immediately before the vote Secretary Rice spoke to President Bush over the phone and policy was reversed. The United States abstained.
A resolution without American backing has less clout. Not surprisingly, both Israel and Hamas are ignoring the Security Council’s ceasefire call. The carnage continues for another day.