Olmert stands by his story on Rice’s Gaza vote.

The Bush administration has been on a full-court press to push back on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s widely-circulated statements that he got the U.S. to abstain from voting on the U.N.’s Gaza ceasefire resolution. But Olmert aides say today that he “stands by his claim” and that he “told the story as it happened.” U.N. Dispatch notes these comments from U.N. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad:

He said that Rice spent an “unprecedented” three days working on the resolution, and that the United States drafted a big portion of the resolution, which he described as “very reasonable.”

Mark Leon Goldberg asks, “What’s curious to me, at least, is why the United States would not vote in favor of a resolution that its ambassador considered ‘very reasonable’ and its Secretary of State worked so hard on drafting?”