ASUC Senators spent another lengthy night (and morning) debating whether to override President Will Smelko’s veto of a bill calling for divestment in Israel.

After hours of talk (again), there were not enough votes to overturn it. But the vote was close, with 13 senators in favor of overriding the veto, 5 opposed, and one abstention. One senator was not at the meeting. It takes 14 votes to override a presidential veto. (The original vote to boycott Israel was 16-4)

This issue has dominated the ASUC meetings, so much, in fact, that the Senate did not even have time on Wednesday to consider its own budget, according to the Daily Californian. No word on whether the Senate will take up the divestment issue again.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...