US Vetoes UN Security Council Resolution for Israel-Gaza Ceasefire
Summary from the AllSides News Team
The U.S. vetoed a humanitarian ceasefire raised to the United Nations Security Council on Friday.
The Details: The vote finished 13-1, with the United Kingdom abstaining from voting. The U.S. criticized the language of the ceasefire for being rushed and “divorced from reality” while not condemning Hamas’ October 7 attacks.
For Context: The U.N. Security Council contains 5 permanent members who hold veto power: the U.S., France, Russia, U.K., and China. The other current members, who all voted in favor of the resolution, are Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, Gabon, Ghana, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
Key Quotes: U.S. deputy representative to the U.N., Robert Wood, said, "We propose language… that would have reinforced the life-saving diplomacy we have undertaken since Oct. 7, increased opportunities for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, encourage the release of hostages and the resumption of humanitarian pauses and laid a foundation for a durable peace. Unfortunately, nearly all of our recommendations were ignored." Hamas denounced the veto as “a direct participation of the occupation in killing our people.”
How The Media Covered It: Media across the spectrum covered the news similarly. The Hill (Center bias) offered some analysis, saying the United Kingdom’s abstention “signals the increasing pressure on Israel over its military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip for the immense humanitarian toll it is taking.”
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From the LeftThe U.S. has vetoed a Gaza cease-fire resolution in the U.N. Security Council
The United States vetoed a resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war at the United Nations Security Council on Friday.
The Security Council vote on the resolution, backed by Arab states, had 13 in favor and one — the U.S. — against, while the United Kingdom abstained.
After the vote, the U.S. deputy representative to the U.N., Robert Wood, said the resolution was rushed and ignored U.S. diplomatic efforts to get more aid into Gaza and free hostages taken by Hamas militants in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
From the CenterUS vetoes Security Council resolution for humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza
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The U.S. opposed the draft resolution because the text was “divorced from reality,” said Robert Wood, Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, in remarks to the Security Council.
“We still cannot comprehend why the resolution’s authors declined to include language condemning Hamas’ horrific terrorist attack on Israel on October 7,”...
From the RightU.S. blocks U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Gaza cease-fire
The U.S. exercised its veto on the U.N. Security Council Friday to block a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
The 13-1 vote in favor of the motion, with Britain abstaining, reflects the growing global pressure on both Israel and the United States as the civilian toll from the Gaza fighting grows by the day.
Israel agreed to a temporary cease-fire late last month to allow an exchange of hostages held by Hamasfor Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, but argues that another, open-ended cease-fire would only allow Hamas fighters to re-group...