UNSC rejects U.S. draft resolution on Gaza

Clay Curtis
June 2, 2018

The two failed votes at the Security Council came a few hours after a young Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence. "The United States will not allow such bias, which is why we did not hesitate to cast our veto".

The Israelis have also accused Hamas and its militant affiliates in Gaza of using the protests as cover for sending attackers into Israel.

The Kuwait-drafted text had called for "measures to guarantee the safety and protection" of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, and requested a United Nations report on proposals for an "international protection mechanism".

Hamas and other militants bombarded southern Israel with rockets and mortars Tuesday, and Israel responded by striking targets throughout Gaza.

To succeed, a resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by permanent members United States, Britain, France, Russia or China.

The Kuwaiti measure asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report on ways to ensure Palestinian civilians' "safety, protection and well-being", including recommendations about "an worldwide protection mechanism".

Ms. Haley blamed the "terrorist group Hamas" for the conditions in Gaza and said the resolution was one-sided as it blamed only Israel.

"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".

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At least 123 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began at the end of March.

Demonstrators at Friday's protests waved Kuwaiti flags to thank the Persian Gulf state for blocking a USA bid to condemn Gaza rocket fire at the Security Council earlier this week.

It was the worst flareup since the 2014 war in Gaza.

Palestinians and their supporters said most of the protesters were unarmed civilians and Israel was using excessive force against them.

It would be the second time that Haley has resorted to USA veto power to block a United Nations measure on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The administration of President Donald Trump has been especially hawkish in its support for Israel, with Haley emerging as a leading force in defending Israel's policies against Palestinians.

Najar, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, was shot as she ran toward the fortified border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, in a bid to reach a casualty, a witness said.

An army spokesman said they were looking into the report.

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