Veto in the UN: The USA is rapidly destroying the international order from 1945

China, which has mostly kept aloof regarding the war in Gaza, said yesterday that the USA supports the continuation of the Israeli massacre of civilians and refugees in the Gaza Strip

by Sededin Dedovic
Veto in the UN: The USA is rapidly destroying the international order from 1945
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What are the real consequences of the United States' position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the wider implications it has for international diplomacy and peace efforts in the region. The United States' repeated veto of resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza underscores its considerable influence in the United Nations Security Council and its unwavering support for Israel.

This position reflects the long-standing strategic alliance between the US and Israel, which is rooted in shared democratic values, security interests, and historical ties. The proposal for a resolution, which calls for the immediate introduction of a humanitarian ceasefire that should be respected by all parties, received 13 votes, while one was against and one abstained - Great Britain.

American Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said yesterday; that the proposed resolution, which was voted on today, is contradictory to the White House's policy for the release of hostages, Israeli media reported today.

However, this unwavering support for Israel's actions in the conflict has drawn criticism from many quarters, particularly among Arab and Muslim-majority nations, as well as from human rights organizations and Palestinian rights advocates.

They argue that the US veto undermines efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and perpetuates a cycle of Palestinian violence and suffering. Negotiations are underway between the US, Egypt, Israel and Qatar on establishing a pause in the war and the release of hostages held in Gaza, Israeli media reported following the news that the US had vetoed the ceasefire in Gaza.

A group of children by tents at a refugee camp set up for Palestinians seeking refuge along the Gaza Strip© Ahmad Hasaballah / Getty Images

The refusal to receive advisory opinions from the International Court of Justice regarding Israel's policy in the occupied territories further complicates the situation.

By rejecting the possibility of legal control and intervention, the US is sending a message that it prefers diplomatic negotiations and bilateral agreements over international legal mechanisms in resolving conflicts. China harshly criticized the US for vetoing the UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the BBC reported today.

Beijing said that the US move sent the "wrong message" and gave a "green light to continuation of the carnage"". USA vetoed the draft resolution of the UN Security Council, which calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. It is the third time that the US has vetoed the body, since the beginning of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

The "land for peace" concept, which has been a cornerstone of US diplomacy in the Middle East, emphasizes the exchange of territory for the promise of peace and normalization of relations between conflicting parties. However, the failure to reach a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians puts the situation in a state of intractability.

And Israel's staunchest ally Joe Biden called for a ceasefire. A two-state solution is being mentioned more and more, but Netanyahu publicly rejected such a thing even after the US request for a ceasefire. Key issues such as the final borders, the status of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories remain unresolved, despite decades of negotiations and diplomatic efforts.

Lack of progress fuels frustration, disillusionment and grievances on both sides, perpetuating the cycle of violence and perpetuating the conflict. Moreover, the ongoing hostilities and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza exacerbate tensions and deepen the humanitarian suffering of the Palestinian population, but it also has a major impact on the entire region and a very negative one.

The United States' refusal to support current cease-fire resolutions further prolongs suffering and undermines efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis. The international community must intensify diplomatic efforts to revive peace negotiations, resolve the root causes of the conflict and work towards a just but most importantly sustainable solution that respects the rights and aspirations of both peoples.

This requires a multilateral approach involving all relevant stakeholders, but the USA has proven once again that the UN has lost its credibility because of the Veto. Because what is the purpose of the United Nations, but in the whole world only one country supports bloodshed and no one can change that.

The USA and Israel drove the nails into the coffin of the international order from 1945, so it is not surprising that many countries no longer respect international courts, which can lead to huge and devastating consequences in the coming years.

Although achieving a comprehensive peace agreement remains a daunting task, the US has everything in its hands and its pressure on Netanyahu is needed to stop the bloodshed. The United States, as a key mediator and stakeholder in the region, has a key role to play in facilitating negotiations, but they are not doing so.

One gets the impression that this is a war of the USA and not only of Israel. The USA is rapidly losing credibility for international law in the world.