Israel and US Face Setback as Division Arises in the UNSC Regarding Hamas Attack:
An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday failed to achieve unanimous agreement on condemning Hamas, marking a setback for the US and Israel. Russia and China advocated for a broader perspective to address the long-standing crisis after the Palestinian resistance group launched a significant strike on Tel Aviv on Saturday.
While some members of the UN Security Council maintained their support for Israel, the US expressed regret over the lack of a consensus, underscoring the delicate nature of the situation.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia urged an immediate ceasefire and meaningful negotiations, emphasizing that unresolved issues have contributed to the current situation.
The death toll has risen significantly, with over 370 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and more than 700 casualties reported on the Israeli side. The closed-door session called for unanimous condemnation of the Hamas attack, which launched in response to ongoing Israeli brutality and the blockade of Gaza.
However, there was no consideration of a joint statement or binding resolution, with Russia and others advocating for a broader focus than solely condemning Hamas. The US diplomat Robert Wood acknowledged a lack of agreement within the P5 members of the UN Security Council.
The Israeli ambassador presented graphic pictures of Israeli civilians being taken captive by Hamas during the session. The Palestinian ambassador, representing the Palestinian Authority, urged the Security Council to concentrate on ending the Israeli occupation, emphasizing the need for a shift in Israel’s course for a path to peace.