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US vetoes Palestinian UN membership

Published 22 April 2024
- By Editorial Staff
The United States was the only country to vote against, while the United Kingdom and Switzerland abstained.

As expected, the US vetoed a UN Security Council vote to grant Palestine full membership in the international organization.

The Americans had already announced their intention to block such a proposal, and of the 15 members of the Security Council, only the US voted against, while the UK and Switzerland abstained – the other 12 countries voted in favor of Palestinian membership.

For a draft resolution to be adopted, at least nine members of the Council must vote in favor, and none of the permanent members – China, France, Russia, the UK and the US – can use their veto power.

While Israel welcomes the US action, representatives of many other countries are less impressed with the US position on the issue.

“An isolated Washington”

– [The US] once again demonstrated what they really think of the Palestinians. For Washington, they do not deserve to have their own State. They are only a barrier on the path towards realising the interests of Israel, commented Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

– Today’s use of the veto by the US delegation is a hopeless attempt to stop the inevitable course of history. The results of the vote, where Washington was practically in complete isolation, speak for themselves, he continued.

For their part, US UN officials say they “have long called on the Palestinian Authority to undertake necessary reforms to help establish the attributes of readiness for statehood” and that this is not possible as “Hamas, a terrorist organisation, is currently exerting power and influence in Gaza”.

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