For the second week in a row, the United States has blocked a United Nations (UN) Security Council statement that would demand a probe into the IDF’s response over the last two weeks, to Palestinian riots at the Gaza border.
The statement, once again being circulated by the non-permanent Security Council member of Kuwait, also expressed sorrow over the loss of Palestinian lives. The US, for its part, conveyed its warnings and pleas for Palestinians in Gaza to avoid taking part in the riots, which are being instigated by the Hamas terrorist organization that has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.
“We condemn leaders and protesters who call for violence or who send protesters including children to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed,” said US Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt ahead of the second round of riots on Friday.
“Instead, we call for a renewed focus by all parties on finding solutions to the dire humanitarian challenges facing Gazans.”
Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon stressed that the UN Security Council should not continue to avoid calling out Hamas for “its exploitation of children as human shields, risking their lives, and must call for an end to the provocations that only increase violence and tension.”
The Palestinian Authority has called upon the UN to adopt a formula that would “invalidate US vetoes” in the UN Security Council. The US, like the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council (United Kingdom, France, Russia and China) have a unilateral veto power over any proposed resolution by the UN Security Council.