The Palestinian UN ambassador says his draft is almost entirely identical to the one submitted by Kuwait recently.

UN General Assembly.

UN General Assembly. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Following a request by the Palestinians earlier today (Saturday) to hold an emergency meeting at the UN’s General Assembly over what they are calling “an excessive use of force” by Israel, the UN is scheduled to vote as early as this Wednesday on a resolution on Gaza that will condemn Israel.

On Friday, the United States vetoed a similar request made by Kuwait to condemn Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians, which US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called “grossly one-sided view” and failing to pin any responsibility on Hamas.

Palestinian UN Ambassador Riad Mansur said that Kuwait’s resolution draft was “completely balanced” and stated that his draft will be almost entirely identical.

Danny Danon, Israel’s permanent representative to the UN, reacted to the UN’s decision to accept the request by saying: “Unfortunately, instead of condemning Hamas’ terrorists, there are countries who seek to fulfill their internal political needs by hurting the Israeli state at the UN.” He also added that “we are proud to protect our right and to protect the citizens of Israel at any forum in which our opposers seek to badmouth us.”

The request by Palestinians comes after several weeks of turmoil at the Israeli border along the Gaza Strip, in which, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 120 people were killed and more than 600 wounded by Israeli fire, of whom four were killed during the Naksa Day protests on Friday.