It's pretty obvious the Bush administration would rather see the bloody thing continue...because it doesn't want, in any way, to upset its friends supporting or governing the state of Israel:
U.N. Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire
Earlier, food shipments were suspended because of fighting
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Thursday night calling for an immediate and durable cease-fire between Hamas militants and Israeli forces in Gaza. The U.S. abstained from the 14-0 vote.
Israel and Hamas were not parties to the vote and it will now be up to them to stop the fighting. But the text of the resolution was hammered out by the United States, Israel's chief ally, and by Arab nations that have ties to Hamas and the Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories.
"We are all very conscious that peace is made on the ground while resolutions are written in the United Nations," British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States "fully supports" the resolution but abstained because it "thought it important to see the outcomes of the Egyptian mediation" with Israel and Hamas, aimed at achieving a cease-fire. (we agree...but let's wait awhile...'monopoly is so much fun and I'd hate to spoil the game')
The Egyptian and French initiative must be "not just applauded, but supported," she said. ('but let's not rush it')
In deciding that the U.S. should not block the resolution, Rice said, "the Security Council has provided a road map for a sustainable, durable peace in Gaza." (we won't block it...we'll just say we support it)
P.S. Don't miss this provocative collection of political newspaper cartoons and illustrations - commentary on "the situation."