Headline RoundupFebruary 20th, 2024

US Vetoes UN Resolution for Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution proposed by Algeria calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Details: The US argued that the resolution risked ongoing negotiations for peace. The veto resulted in an alternative text being circulated that calls for a temporary ceasefire and the release of over 100 Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

The Details: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, stated, “For weeks, we have made it incredibly clear that the resolution before the council would not achieve the goal of a sustainable peace and may in fact run counter to it.”

For Context: The Biden administration is reportedly aiming for Hamas to accept a variety of proposals, including a six-week truce in exchange for the release of Israeli hostages. The truce also entails a scale-up of humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza and the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

How The Media Covered It: The Hill (Center bias) outlined the details of the vetoed resolution and the proposed alternative. The report also provided context on the ongoing negotiations between the US, Israel and Hamas. ABC News (Lean Left bias) reported that the alternative resolution is markedly more critical of Israel than earlier public US statements, and broader, encompassing demands relating to the safety and rights of Palestinians. Fox News (Right bias) highlighted that the US was the only nation to vote against the resolution, with 13 other countries voting in favor of it.

This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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