U.S. casts lone veto against UN Gaza ceasefire resolution, proposes alternative

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21st February 2024 – (United Nations) The United States exercised its veto power against a United Nations resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the strife-torn Gaza Strip. This decision arrived against a backdrop of mounting global pressure on Israel to halt its offensive against Hamas.

The vetoed resolution, spearheaded by Algeria, aimed to quell the hostilities that have ravaged Gaza. Despite early indications of America’s stance, the veto crystallises the U.S.’s unique position on the matter, as it simultaneously critiques Israeli actions and seeks to influence the direction of the ceasefire negotiation.

The U.S. has not only expressed increasing disapproval of the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) operations in Gaza but has also introduced its own draft resolution to the Security Council. This American proposal advocates for a “temporary ceasefire,” reflecting a discernible shift in the White House’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the U.S. draft is a departure from the more absolute terms sought by other Security Council members, it nonetheless signifies a pivot in policy.

In a session that captured the attention of international observers, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield addressed the Security Council. She conveyed the U.S. perspective that the Algerian resolution could potentially derail the delicate negotiations currently taking place in the region. Her remarks after the veto vote underscored the U.S. commitment to finding a viable path to peace.

“Proceeding with a vote today was wishful and irresponsible,” Thomas-Greenfield stated. “And so while we cannot support a resolution that would put sensitive negotiations in jeopardy, we look forward to engaging on a text that we believe will address so many of the concerns we all share.”