UN Security Council Rejects Russian Resolution on Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

The United Nations Security Council convened on Monday, only to reject a resolution proposed by Russia.

by Faruk Imamovic
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UN Security Council Rejects Russian Resolution on Israel-Hamas Ceasefire
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The United Nations Security Council convened on Monday, only to reject a resolution proposed by Russia. The draft, which called for a humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, failed to garner the minimum number of votes necessary for its approval.

The Vote Breakdown and Key Concerns

In total, the resolution saw five votes in favor, four against, and six abstentions. Notably, major powers including the United States, the United Kingdom, and France voted against the resolution, primarily due to its omission of any condemnation towards Hamas for its attacks on Israel.

To pass, the draft required a minimum of nine votes. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield criticized the resolution's perceived bias, stating, “By failing to condemn Hamas, Russia is giving cover to a terrorist group that brutalizes innocent civilians”.

She emphasized the role of Hamas in exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Furthermore, she expressed that the civilians shouldn’t be the ones paying the price for “Hamas’ atrocities” and called on the international community to address the urgent humanitarian needs of Gaza.

In a direct and impassioned statement, Thomas-Greenfield added, “The bottom line is this: You cannot claim to stand with the Palestinians and their legitimate aspirations if you do not stand squarely against Hamas”.

Echoing this sentiment, France's representative to the UN, Nicolas de Rivière, pointed out the shortcomings of the Russian draft. He highlighted that "several essential elements are missing" and instead urged the council to rally around Brazil's proposal, which seeks to condemn the terrorist attacks, extend humanitarian aid, and safeguard Gaza's civilian population.

Russia Responds to the Rejection

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, expressed his deep disappointment at the Council’s decision. He attributed the failure of the resolution to the “selfish intention of the western bloc.

” According to Nebenzia, Western nations effectively quashed global aspirations for the Council to broker peace and end the ongoing violence. Ambassador Nebenzia stressed that the voting outcomes clearly demarcated countries that were genuinely in favor of quelling the violence and providing essential humanitarian aid from those with “purely selfish and political interests” at heart.

Speaking gravely about the escalating situation, Nebenzia remarked, “We are extremely concerned by the unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and the very high risk of the conflict spreading”. With tensions high and solutions seemingly out of reach, the international community waits with bated breath to see what the next steps will be in addressing the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis.

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