US diplomats have vowed to reject a French-backed UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate end to hostilities between Tel Aviv and Palestinian fighters, insisting it will “undermine” efforts to reach a ceasefire.
Proposed by Paris on Wednesday, the draft resolution voices “grave concern at the escalation of violence” in Gaza, calling for an end to the fighting while condemning all attacks on civilians, including “indiscriminate firing of rockets against civilian areas,” though it stopped short of citing any party by name.
The proposal also calls for a long-term, peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reiterating support for a two-state solution, which would see the creation of a Palestinian state that includes both Gaza and the West Bank – which are currently under Israeli blockade and military occupation, respectively – and East Jerusalem as its capital.
However, Washington, a close ally of Tel Aviv, quickly rejected the French draft, with a spokesperson for the American UN mission saying “We are focused on intensive diplomatic efforts underway to bring an end to the violence” and “will not support actions that we believe undermine efforts to de-escalate.” They did not elaborate on how the resolution would impede work toward a ceasefire.
The resolution would require nine ‘yes’ votes to pass in the 15-member Security Council, while a veto from France, Russia, China, the UK or the US could kill the proposal.
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The American statement echoed previous comments from the US mission, which has repeatedly blocked efforts to issue a joint Security Council statement condemning the violence and calling for calm. US officials have referred to work “behind the scenes” to achieve a ceasefire, but it remains unclear exactly what actions have been taken since the latest round of violence erupted last week.
While a Tuesday report in Politico suggested Washington had helped to avert a ground invasion by Israeli forces and facilitated talks with Egyptian mediators, the outlet cited only one unnamed source.
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