The United States abstained from a United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution that passed 13-0 on Friday calling for “creating the conditions” for a “cessation of hostilities” in Gaza — and failing to condemn the Hamas terror organization.
As the Times of Israel noted, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, blasted the resolution for failing to condemn Hamas: ““Why is it so hard to condemn Hamas for slaughtering young people at a concert, for butchering families alive, for the reports of widespread sexual violence. I will never understand why some council members have remained silent in the face of such evil.”
However, the U.S. did not exercise its veto of the resolution, which will have little effect on the war in any case.
The resolution did call for the release of the remaining Israeli hostages in Gaza. It also called for an expansion of humanitarian aid.
A UN Security Council vote on the crisis in Gaza had been delayed for several days while the U.S. negotiated with other countries, notably the United Arab Emirates, to water down the resolution so that it would not demand Israel obey an immediate ceasefire.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a stirring rebuke of the world for not urging Hamas to surrender. “How can it be that there are no demand made of the aggressor and only demands made of the victim [of terror]?” he said Thursday at the State Department.
However, the U.S. has failed thus far to introduce a resolution to that effect at the UN Security Council.
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