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United States Abstains As UN Security Council Passes Ceasefire Resolution

The United Nations Security Council has voted 14-0 in favor of a resolution demanding a cease-fire in Gaza for the next 2 weeks. The United States abstained from the vote, allowing the measure to pass.

The resolution calls for the immediate, unconditional release of all hostages taken captive by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

The U.S. had supported calls for a cease-fire only if they were connected to the release of hostages. The U.S. added that the Security Council should pressure Hamas to accept a deal.

Russia had attempted to add the distinction of a permanent ceasefire. However, the United States had rejected the wording. 

The United States had repeatedly blocked Security Council resolutions that put pressure on Israel but has increasingly shown frustration with its ally as civilian casualties mount and the United Nations warns of impending famine in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned members of an Israeli delegation who were due to travel to the U.S. that he would cancel their trip to Washington, D.C., if the U.S. did not outright veto the resolution.

Immediately after the resolution went through the Prime Minister’s office released a statement announcing the trip, led by Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi, was cancelled.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear last night that if the US withdraws from its principled position, he will not send the Israeli delegation to the US. In light of the change in the American position, Prime Minister Netanyahu decided that the delegation would not go,” the statement said.

Senator John Fetterman(D-PA) denounced the United States’s decision to abstain, writing on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, “It’s appalling the U.S. allowed passage of a resolution that fails to condemn Hamas. The UN has always been unwilling to condemn this group of terrorists, cowards and rapists. We must stand with Israel and stop pandering to the political fringe or Hamas apologists.”

Fetterman was not alone, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)wrote on X, “Biden, given the choice to stand with Israel, ABSTAINED. Disgraceful.” 

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) echoed similar sentiments, “Joe Biden continues to appease the pro-Hamas wing of his party by undermining Israel on the battlefield and at the UN. The way this war ends is with the hostages returned home and Hamas wiped from the face of the earth.”