November 16, 2023

US Fails to Veto UN Resolution That Called for Cease-Fire Without Condemning Hamas

The Biden administration failed to use its veto power to stop a U.N. resolution that calls for pauses in the fighting in Gaza without condemning Hamas.

The U.S., U.K., and Russia abstained from voting, allowing the resolution to pass in a shocking development.

"Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in her explanation of the vote that the U.S., 'could not vote yes on a text that did not condemn Hamas or reaffirm the right of all Member States to protect their citizens from terrorist attacks,'" according to Fox News.

"Although the United States is deeply disappointed by what is not in this text, we support many of the important provisions this Council has adopted," Thomas-Greenfield said. "For starters, while this text does not include a condemnation of Hamas, this is the first time we have ever adopted a resolution that even mentions the word ‘Hamas.’"

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley blasted the American failure to veto the measure in a post on X.

"The UN Security Council called for a 'pause' in Gaza, & instead of vetoing this shameful resolution, the US abstained. Biden is doing to Israel what Obama did at the UN—it's embarrassing," she wrote.

"We must have Israel’s back when it’s hit AND when it hits back. No ceasefire. Finish Hamas," Haley continued.

The resolution comes 40 days after the start of the Israel-Hamas war, with Israel now taking control of large parts of Gaza in its military response.

Israel continues to work toward the release of hostages, refusing any cease-fire until all hostages are freed.

The U.N. resolution did not condemn Hamas, with the Biden administration now complicit in the actions.

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