Anti-Israel UN resolution sponsored by Kuwait blocked by US veto

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley condemned the countries that supported the resolution and called on them to stop siding with terror.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley with Israeli PM Netanyahu. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The U.N. Security Council voted (Friday) for establishing an international protection mechanism in the Gaza Strip. The proposal for such mechanism was submitted by Kuwait, a non-permanent member of the Security Council. 10 out of 15 voted in favor of the proposal, although a U.S. veto blocked it.

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley stated before the voting that Kuwait's proposal will undermine the ongoing peace process in the region and that the U.S. will veto it. "It is resolutions like this one that undermine the U.N.'s credibility in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," Haley said

Haley added that "a necessary pre-condition for peace is recognition of reality. One of those realities is that Hamas is a major impediment to peace. They are in charge of Gaza and they use their resources not to help the people of Gaza, but to wage war against Israel. Another reality is when the United Nations sides with terrorists over Israel, as the Kuwait resolution does, it only makes a peaceful resolution of this conflict harder to reach."

To counter the Kuwaiti proposal, Haley offered an alternative that would condemn the firing conducted by Hamas towards Israel and the resources that Hamas allots to its military operations as well as demand that Hamas stops the intentional use of Palestinian citizens as a human shield along the Israeli border. However, only the U.S. voted in favor of this offer, three countries voted against and eleven abstained.

After the voting concluded, Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon tweeted: "This was a hypocritical resolution that sought to condemn Israel while failing to even mention the terrorists of Hamas. We thank the US for vetoing the resolution and commend all the council members who, in refusing to support it, defended Israel's right to defend our citizens."



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