November 17, 2023

U.N. Security Council Passes Cease-fire Resolution

The struggle for Israel to defend itself is very real, and I am not talking about the country’s military capabilities.

Israel, after being attacked by a terrorist organization, is being asked to conduct a cease-fire by the United Nations.

The resolution on the floor passed with a unanimous vote, 12-0, with the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia abstaining.


The resolution on the floor of the United Nations called for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors throughout the Gaza Strip” for a “sufficient number of days” until the U.N. can guarantee the “unhindered provision of essential goods and services.”

Of note is the fact the resolution did NOT condemn Hamas for its terrorist attack that started the war.

Russia wanted the resolution to be far more harsh against Israel while lightening the tone against Hamas.

It also wanted the United States to demand that Israel call a permanent cease-fire rather than a temporary one.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield noted that the reason the United States abstained was because the resolution failed to condemn Hamas.

UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward added, “The barbarity of those attacks should be clear to us all,” adding it was “unconscionable” that Hamas “continues to hold men, women and children,"
causing “terrible fear and suffering for their families.”

Tuoro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust director Anne Bayefsky slammed the Biden administration for not blocking the resolution.

She stated, “The Council resolution said the hostages were ‘held by Hamas and other groups’ – not that they were raped, mutilated and kidnapped by Hamas. It never mentioned Israel’s U.N. Charter right of self-defense. It refers only to civilians ‘in Gaza’ and never in Israel. It never mentions ongoing rocket attacks against Israelis. And yet the Biden administration refused to veto it.

“The United States voted the same way as that moral stalwart Russia and merely abstained. It is shocking, morally bankrupt, and bodes very badly for the future of humanity, since make no mistake: use of the United Nations to invert right and wrong is just as bad for Americans as it is for Israelis.”

Israel was also unhappy with the resolution, calling it “disconnected from reality.”

The true horrors that Hamas committed were not mentioned, so I can understand why Israel feels betrayed at this point.

Once again, instead of standing tall, the United States has cowered to lesser nations and was steamrolled in this resolution by an agency that largely depends on U.S. funds to operate.

If we had a Republican in office right now, there is no way that resolution ever gets passed.

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