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Typical of Washington: US once again vetoes UN resolution for Gaza ceasefire

A general view of the United Nations Security Council (file photo by Reuters)

Unsurprisingly, the United States has once again vetoed a UN resolution that calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s great benefactor used its veto at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to block the draft prepared by Algeria.

It was the third time Washington has opposed such a resolution since Israel ignited its bloody war machine in Gaza in early October.

Representatives of 13 countries at the 15-member Security Council voted in favor of the resolution. Britain abstained.

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour condemned the US veto as being “absolutely reckless and dangerous.”

“The message given today to Israel with this veto is that it can continue to get away with murder,” he said in a statement to the Security Council.

US says Gaza ceasefire ‘wishful and irresponsible’

In remarks to the Security Council after the US wielded its veto power, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza was “wishful and irresponsible.”

She claimed that such an action by the United Nations could stifle diplomatic efforts to broker an agreement between Hamas and Israel for a pause in the war.

“Colleagues, over the past few weeks, we have made 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,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

Before the vote, Amar Bendjama, the Algerian ambassador to the UN, told the Council, “A vote in favor of this draft resolution is support to the Palestinians right to life.”

“Conversely, voting against it implies an endorsement of the brutal violence and collective punishment inflicted upon them.”

The US had already threatened it would block the Algerian-proposed resolution.

Washington, instead, has been actively pushing for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza to facilitate the release of Israeli captives held by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Israel’s savagery in Gaza began on October 7, 2023, after Hamas carried out the historic surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupiers.

So far, the regime has killed more than 29,000 people, mostly women and children, and injured about 70,000 others in Gaza.

Washington has since supplied the regime with more than 10,000 tons of military equipment.

The United States vetoed similar UN draft resolutions for a ceasefire in October and December.


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