The United States Vetoes the Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire

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U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution on Israel-Hamas War Amid Escalating Violence

UNITED NATIONS – In a move that drew widespread criticism and disappointment, the United States vetoed a United Nations resolution on Wednesday aimed at condemning violence against civilians in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and urging humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza.

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield, defended the decision, stating that it was premature for the Security Council to craft a response to the rapidly-evolving situation. She emphasized the need to gather more information and allow diplomatic initiatives to progress, particularly those led by President Joe Biden. The Ambassador further criticized the resolution for its omission of Israel’s right to self-defense.

Sponsored by Brazil, the resolution had garnered substantial backing within the 15-member Security Council with a vote tally of 12 in favor, one against (U.S.), and two abstentions from Russia and Britain. The resolution sought to condemn all forms of violence against civilians, explicitly mentioning “the heinous terrorists attacks by Hamas” against Israel.

The violence in the region has escalated sharply, with over 1,400 Israeli fatalities due to surprise attacks by Hamas on October 7. On the Palestinian side, the Gaza Health Ministry reported nearly 3,500 deaths in Gaza with more than 12,000 wounded since the conflict intensified.

While the U.S. stance on the resolution was not universally shared, Britain’s Ambassador, Barbara Woodward, also expressed concerns about the lack of recognition given to Israel’s right to self-defense within the proposed text.

The vote’s aftermath was marked by expressions of regret from various council members, including France, China, and the UAE. The resolution’s sponsor, Brazil, currently holds the council presidency. Their U.N. Ambassador, Sérgio França Danese, termed the resolution as “robust and balanced” and lamented the council’s inability to unify over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a tragic development, a significant explosion occurred at a Gaza City hospital on Tuesday, resulting in hundreds of casualties. The cause remains disputed, with Hamas attributing it to an Israeli airstrike and Israel pointing to a misfired rocket by the Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad.

Russia’s proposed amendments to the resolution, calling for a “humanitarian cease-fire” and condemning attacks on civilian structures in Gaza, failed to gain traction.

Amid the political developments at the U.N., diplomatic efforts are underway to contain the situation. President Biden’s recent visit to Israel, during which he met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, underscores the urgency of the matter.

However, tensions increased when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas withdrew from a scheduled meeting with Biden and other regional leaders. In response to the escalating violence, the Arab Group at the U.N. called for an immediate ceasefire.

The situation remains fluid, with a summit planned in Cairo this Saturday, involving regional leaders and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The primary focus will be on addressing the humanitarian crisis and seeking pathways to establish a lasting peace in the region.

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2 Replies to “The United States Vetoes the Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire

  1. Palestinian aid??? WTF? The Only Aid they should get is a Bulldozer. In fact they started it and they are biting the big one for doing so. But they have forever been the aggressors sending Suicide Bombers to Israel on Buses and paid little children and women to wear bomb vests. They have stabbed their people in crowds after coming over the border to work, that send missiles and paraglider bombs over and people think they should support Palestine? Palestine teaches their kids to hate Jews and Westerners from the time they are born and Biden wants to bring them here?
    Send bulldozers and Disposal containers and tear it down because nothing will satisfy the HATE and BLOOD thirst these poor people have been indoctrinated into for years and to think there are so called humans who blame Israel shows how spiritually dead they are and mentally ill.

  2. No is the correct answer. Let the UN man up and go stop the psychotic Hamas from their murdering as the savages they are.

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