The United States allowed a UN Security Council resolution to be passed calling for a halt to the fighting inside Gaza despite not condemning Hamas.
Fifteen members of the UN Security Council approved on Wednesday the resolution calling for a ceasefire “for a sufficient number of days” in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas. The resolution also calls for the “unconditional release” of hostages taken by Hamas during the October 7 terrorist attack.
12 members of the Council voted in favor of the resolution, while the United States, Russia and Britain, which have veto power, abstained from voting on Wednesday.
The resolution does not include a condemnation of Hamas’ actions. She tried to pass the resolution four times before the council succeeded.
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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in her explanation of the vote that the United States “cannot vote yes on a text that does not condemn Hamas or reaffirm the right of all member states to protect their citizens from terrorist attacks.”
“Although the United States is deeply disappointed by what is not included in this text, we support many of the important provisions adopted by this Council,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “First of all, although this text does not include a condemnation of Hamas, this is the first time that we have adopted a resolution that even mentions the word “Hamas.”
Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute for Human Rights and the Holocaust, criticized the vote in a commentary for Fox News Digital.
“In a scandalous display of moral chaos and diplomatic cowardice, the Biden administration threw Israel under the bus at the UN Security Council. Nearly six weeks after the brutal attacks on October 7, the council finally acted for the first time, and incredibly refused,” said Bayevsky. “We condemn Hamas.” The council resolution said the hostages were “held by Hamas and other groups” — not that they had been raped, mutilated and kidnapped by Hamas. Israel’s right to self-defense under the UN Charter was never mentioned. It refers only to civilians “in Gaza.” It was never mentioned in Israel. He never mentioned the ongoing missile attacks against Israelis. However, the Biden administration refused to veto it.
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“The United States voted the same way as the morally powerful Russia, and abstained. It is shocking, morally bankrupt, and bodes very poorly for the future of humanity, because make no mistake: using the United Nations to overturn right and wrong is just.” “It is as bad for the Americans as it is for the Israelis,” Bayevsky added.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, described the decision as “detached from reality and meaningless.”
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“No matter what the Council decides, Israel will continue to act in accordance with international law while Hamas terrorists will never read the resolution, let alone abide by it. It is unfortunate that the Council continues to ignore, not condemn, or even mention the massacre committed by Hamas on October 7.” /October, which led to the war in Gaza. It is truly shameful!” Erdan said. “Hamas’ strategy is to deliberately deteriorate the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and increase the number of Palestinian casualties in order to motivate the United Nations and the Security Council to stop Israel.
“That will not happen. Israel will continue to act until Hamas is destroyed and the hostages are returned.”