UN Security Council set for Gaza resolution vote; US signals support for latest draft

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The United States has signaled its support for a draft resolution in its current form on the war between Israel and Hamas, with the United Nations Security Council set to hold a vote on the proposal later Friday, diplomatic sources said.

The latest text does not demand an immediate ceasefire, does not provide for aid entering Gaza without Israeli inspection and calls for the release of all hostages. Israel “is aware” of this softened formulation, “and can live with it,” a senior US official told CNN.

Thursday marked the fourth time the Security Council delayed a vote this week as diplomatic efforts were being made to get the US — a veto-wielding permanent council member — on board with the resolution.

The steps are not defined, but diplomats said, if adopted, this would mark the council’s first reference to a cessation of hostilities.


The resolution does not call for an immediate ceasefire but for steps toward a sustainable ceasefire, and no ceasefire can be sustainable while Hamas exists, so it shouldn't be a problem.
 
The United States has signaled its support for a draft resolution in its current form on the war between Israel and Hamas, with the United Nations Security Council set to hold a vote on the proposal later Friday, diplomatic sources said.

The latest text does not demand an immediate ceasefire, does not provide for aid entering Gaza without Israeli inspection and calls for the release of all hostages. Israel “is aware” of this softened formulation, “and can live with it,” a senior US official told CNN.

Thursday marked the fourth time the Security Council delayed a vote this week as diplomatic efforts were being made to get the US — a veto-wielding permanent council member — on board with the resolution.

The steps are not defined, but diplomats said, if adopted, this would mark the council’s first reference to a cessation of hostilities.


The resolution does not call for an immediate ceasefire but for steps toward a sustainable ceasefire, and no ceasefire can be sustainable while Hamas exists, so it shouldn't be a problem.
It's going to be interesting to see how China and Russia react. For example, they will decide which of the two vetoes.
 
It's going to be interesting to see how China and Russia react. For example, they will decide which of the two vetoes.
It is not interesting at all. Either there will be an innocuous resolution or no resolution at all.
 
It is not interesting at all. Either there will be an innocuous resolution or no resolution at all.
It's worded by the US to demonize China, and China knows they have to maintain their clean record of being against wars.

I still think China will veto for legitimate reasons that can be seen in the preliminary stages.
 

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