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The US will not support a humanitarian ceasefire resolution in Gaza

The United States, which has veto power in the Security Council, has declared that it currently does not support new measures by the UN executive body in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and, in particular, in the draft resolution to force a humanitarian ceasefire was debated and voted on Friday. Last month, the Council called for a cease-fire to allow aid access, and the resolution, after four failed attempts, was passed thanks to the abstention of the United States. Today’s vote on the initiative presented by the group of Arab countries to the UN and co-sponsored by Spain, Washington has already announced that it will not support the text. The adoption of a resolution requires at least nine votes in favor of a total of 15 (the number of members of the Council) and no vetoes.

The vote was delayed until mid-afternoon, New York local time (midnight in mainland Spain), by a last-minute meeting in Washington of foreign ministers from Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

“While the United States strongly supports a lasting peace, where Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security, we do not support calls for an immediate ceasefire,” the deputy US ambassador to the Council told the Council on Friday. UN, Robert Wood. Israel and the United States believe a ceasefire would benefit Hamas by giving it time and space to rebuild after Israel’s two-month offensive in Gaza. “This (a humanitarian ceasefire like the one called for in the proposed resolution) will only sow the seeds of the next war, because Hamas does not want a lasting peace,” the US diplomat said.

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