U.N. Security Council Passes Resolution For Gaza Ceasefire

U.N. Security Council Passes Resolution For Gaza Ceasefire

November 16, 2023

Forty days after the Hamas atrocities of October 7, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday passed a resolution demanding a ceasefire and calling for “the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas and other groups, especially children.” Predictably, the resolution did not condemn Hamas, because the United Nations is packed with Jew-hating enemies of civilization.

The UNSC resolution called for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors throughout the Gaza Strip” for a “sufficient number of days” until the U.N. can guarantee the “unhindered provision of essential goods and services.”

The resolution passed the 15-member UNSC by a vote of 12-0 on Wednesday. The United States, United Kingdom, and Russia abstained from the vote.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the United States abstained because it could not vote for a resolution that failed to condemn the Hamas atrocities or restate the right of U.N. member states to protect their citizens against terrorist attacks.

“What are they afraid of?” she asked of UNSC members who refused to condemn the October 7 attacks. “Let’s be crystal clear: Hamas set this conflict in motion.”

Thomas-Greenfield noted that Wednesday evening’s vote was “the first time we have ever adopted a resolution that even mentions the world ‘Hamas.’”

UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward supported the call for a humanitarian pause, but also regretted that UNSC still could not bring itself to condemn the Hamas atrocities.

“The barbarity of those attacks should be clear to us all,” she said, adding it was “unconscionable” that Hamas “continues to hold men, women and children” kidnapped on October 7, causing “terrible fear and suffering for their families.”

Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Gilad Erdan, said the UNSC resolution was “disconnected from reality” and “meaningless” because it demanded a pause in Israel’s counterterrorism operation without condemning, or even acknowledging, what Israel is operating against.

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