US Vetoes Cease-Fire Resolution at UN Security Council

( — The United States recently vetoed an Algeria-led proposal in the United Nations that would’ve instituted a mandatory cease-fire in Gaza, putting a temporary stop to fighting between Hamas and Israel. Aside from Algeria, 15 other countries supported the cease-fire resolution, with the United States being the only nation openly opposing the cease-fire proposal. The decision to veto the resolution immediately received criticism from other countries in the UN, including China and Russia.

After other countries accused the United States of supporting the conflict and allowing further violence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, an ambassador for the United States, proposed an alternative cease-fire agreement with added terms. Thomas-Greenfield’s terms included a mandatory release of any hostages currently held by Hamas, along with an international denunciation of Hamas by the United Nations’ members. According to Thomas-Greenfield, the continued presence of hostages within Gaza won’t establish permanent peace between Hamas and Israel.

Although Thomas-Greenfield’s proposed cease-fire terms focus heavily on Hamas, the ambassador also provided terms restricting Israel’s post-war actions. The proposed cease-fire agreement would prevent Israeli officials from having citizens of Gaza removed from their homes, a common demand from members of Israel’s government and the Israel Defense Forces. Thomas-Greenfield claims that an effective cease-fire requires Israel and Gaza’s cooperation, and forcibly removing civilians from their home country would only heighten the international tensions in the region.

Even though Thomas-Greenfield is optimistic about her proposed cease-fire, other United Nations members aren’t convinced. Among them is Amar Benjama, Algeria’s UN ambassador, who said that preventing an immediate cease-fire is causing more civilian deaths and enabling the conflict to continue. Benjama promised to introduce another cease-fire agreement to the United Nations and called for other United Nations members to join him and pass a cease-fire resolution.

Israeli officials openly opposed the concept of a cease-fire agreement, with Gilad Erdan, Israel’s United Nations ambassador, calling the proposed resolutions inadequate and a danger to Israel. According to Erdan, Israel cannot stop fighting Hamas, as a cease-fire would give the militant group the opportunity to gather strength and reorganize its forces for another offensive. Despite the calls for a cease-fire from other members of the United Nations, the United States confirmed that neither President Biden nor any ambassadors would rush the United Nations Security Council to vote.

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