The U.S. has vetoed a Gaza cease-fire resolution in the U.N. Security Council

The United States has vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at establishing a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The Specifics: The Security Council vote on the resolution, supported by Arab states, had 13 in favor, the U.S. against, and the United Kingdom abstained.
* U.S. deputy representative to the U.N., Robert Wood, explained the veto stating the resolution was rushed and neglected ongoing U.S. diplomatic efforts for greater aid into Gaza and the safe return of hostages taken by Hamas in an October 7 attack on Israel.

International Reaction: Ministers from Arab countries, advocating for a cease-fire, met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken following the U.S. veto.
* Ministers from Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia explicitly called for a cease-fire in Gaza.
* Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman Safadi criticized the status quo, asserting, “Israel is basically doing whatever it wants, in defiance even of its allies, creating a horrific situation in Gaza.”

Criticism of the Resolution: According to Wood, the resolution did not condemn Hamas’ October 7 attack that killed 1,200 people and did not recognize Israel’s right to self-defense.
* Israel’s military response to the Hamas attack has reportedly killed over 17,400 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, predominately women and children, per Gaza’s Health Ministry.

Previous Moves: The U.S. has previously vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution on similar grounds, with countries like Russia and China vetoing a U.S. resolution meant to condemn the Hamas attack, demand the return of hostages, and facilitate aid into Gaza.
* U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres invoked a seldom-used article of the U.N. Charter earlier this week, urging the Security Council to take action and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe by issuing a resolution for a “humanitarian cease-fire.”
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