US vetoes UN resolution on protecting Palestinians
02 June, 2018, 13:55
The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwait-drafted UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, criticizing it as a "grossly one-sided" view that failed to blame Hamas for the recent violence.
"Because this resolution is wildly inaccurate in its characterization of recent events in Gaza, and because it would harm any efforts towards peace, the United States will oppose it and will veto it if necessary". There were four abstentions including Britain.
The draft has been lambasted by Israel's permanent representative to the UN, Danny Danon, who called it "shameful" and argued the resolution was created to help Hamas.
"This heavy silence is disastrous - for the world that is watching us, for the credibility of the council, for multilateralism", French Ambassador Francois Delattre said after voting for the Kuwaiti measure.
She previously vetoed a draft resolution that rejected President Donald Trump's decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, after all 14 other council members supported it.
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram his vehicle into them in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, the Israeli military said. No Israeli troops were injured.
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Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic group seized control of Gaza in 2007.
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Haley accused Hamas of inciting violent acts at the border between Gaza and Israel, purposefully infiltrating the "Great March of Return" mass protests with its "terrorist fighters" and deliberately using civilians as human shields.
An exchange of fire on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday began with a barrage of rocket and mortars into Israel from Gaza, prompting Israel to respond with strikes on 65 militant sites in the Gaza Strip.
It was the worst flare-up since the 2014 war in Gaza.
Diplomats said before the vote that the Palestinians may turn to the UN General Assembly to win support for the measure if the vote failed at the security council as expected.
To succeed, a resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by permanent members United States, Britain, France, Russia or China.
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