Headline RoundupDecember 9th, 2023

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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