Friday, July 14, 2006

Gaza Watch #2: U.S. vetoes U.N. condemnation of Israel

By NICK WADHAMS
Associated Press13 July 2006

UNITED NATIONS -- The United States blocked an Arab-backed resolution Thursday that would have demanded Israel halt its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, the first U.N. Security Council veto in nearly two years.

The draft, sponsored by Qatar on behalf of other Arab nations, accused Israel of a "disproportionate use offorce" that endangered Palestinian civilians, and demanded Israel withdraw its troops from Gaza.

The United States was alone in voting against the resolution. Ten of the 15 Security Council nations voted in favor, while Britain, Denmark, Peru and Slovakia abstained.The U.S. has periodically used its veto to block resolutions critical of Israel.

The last council veto, in October 2004, was cast when the United States blocked a resolution condemning another Israeli operation in Gaza.The draft was reworked repeatedly to address concerns that it was too biased against Israel.

Language was added calling for the release of an abducted soldier and urging the Palestinians to stop firing rockets at Israel. Nonetheless, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said it was still unacceptable because it had been overtaken by events in the region _ including the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants on Wednesday _ and was"unbalanced." "It placed demands on one side in the Middle East conflict but not the other," Bolton said. "This draft resolution would have exacerbated tensions in the region." Israel launched the operation two weeks ago in response to the June 25 capture of an Israeli soldier, 19-year-old Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

The resolution called on Israel and the Palestinians to "take immediate steps to create the necessary condition for the resumption of negotiation and restarting the peace process." It urged all parties to help alleviate the "dire humanitarian situation" faced by Palestinians.The United States sought a text that said the Israeli actions were in direct response to rocket attacks against Israel and Shalit's capture.

Bolton said the United States remains "gravely concerned"at the escalation of the conflict and believes the best way to calm the situation is for Hamas to release Shalit. The draft also demanded Israel release the Palestinian officials it has arrested. The Palestinian observer to the U.N., Riyad Mansour, said he was disappointed with the council's "continued inability to act while innocent Palestinian civilians continue to be brutally killed by the Israeli occupying forces."Referring to past U.S. practice of vetoing similar resolutions, Mansour said the council is failing thePalestinians.

In Gaza, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Taher al-Nunu, said the United States must bear some responsibility for Israel's attacks."The veto is a political cover for the crimes of the occupation, and regrettably, instead of putting war criminals of this government that lost its mind on trial, they are giving a political cover to carry out more of these crimes," al-Nunu said.

In a speech to the council immediately following Mansour,Israel's U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman thanked the U.S. for its "bold stand." He defended Israel's actions and put the blame for attacks against Israel squarely on Iran and Syria."What we are seeing are the actions of Hamas and Hezbollah, but they are merely the fingers of the bloodstained hands and the executioners of the twisted minds of the leaders of the world's most ominous axis of terror, Syria and Iran," he said. Eight of the last nine vetoes in the council have been cast by the United States. Of those, seven concerned the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

5 comments:

Ibrahamav said...

I guess the Arab nations will have to go back and draw up a balanced resolution.

Anonymous said...

Nah rockets work. It pushed the Jews out of Gaza and it will push them out of 'Tel Aviv' too. You can always count on them to not do to us what we always do to them. And that is why the world hates them.

Anonymous said...

Be patient, Palestinians. We are planning non conventional attacks on the pigs. Even they can't defend against chemical weapons.

Thank you for all your support from the left all these years in our efforts to remove the zionists .Together we can share in their annihilation!

Ibrahamav said...

I think Israel is going to take of the gloves and the tape.

This bare fist approach is going to work wonders. No need to re-occupy Lebanon, nor to station guards in the Israeli property of Gaza. Just destroy an area to be used as a security buffer.

davboz said...

Jordan and
Egypt have annexed so-called Palestine if you are going to be factual.The'palestinian' and jewish nomads of Syria were given W.Bank and Gaza in '48. Talk to Jordan and Egypt who annexed it,and the arab GANG who has attacked Israel in one form or another ever since!