Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

UN Envoy Haley to Block 'Morally Bankrupt' Anti-Israel Resolution

UN Envoy Haley to Block 'Morally Bankrupt' Anti-Israel Resolution

Kuwait presented the draft two weeks ago, initially calling for an worldwide protection mission for Palestinians, as Israeli forces killed dozens of peaceful protesters in Gaza.

"The message given by the council today, as it votes against this, is that the occupying power enjoys an exception", the Kuwaiti representative said, after the proposal was vetoed.

On May 18, Kuwait submitted a draft resolution at the UN Security Council that condemned Israeli violence and called for "protection of the Palestinian people" in Gaza and the West Bank. Ten countries voted in favor, while the UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Ethiopia abstained.

The United States circulated its own draft resolution blaming Hamas for the violence while mentioning Israel's right to defend itself.

A draft resolution requires nine votes to be adopted in the 15-member council and no veto from the five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley rejected the Kuwaiti-authored resolution which sought "international protection" for Palestinian civilians.

The final draft called for "the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in the Gaza Strip".

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Haley had described the text as a "grossly one-sided approach that is morally bankrupt and would only serve to undermine ongoing efforts toward peace between the Israelis and Palestinians".

It was the second time that Haley has resorted to United States veto power to block a UN measure on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a written report within 60 days ways to ensure "the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation", including recommendations about "an worldwide protection mechanism".

Israel was on high alert following this week's mortar attacks that escalated on Tuesday night, when more than a 100 rockets and mortar grenades were fired from Gaza to Israel, which Hamas and Islamic Jihad took responsibility for later.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says a woman was killed by Israeli fire during a protest at the Gaza Strip.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars since the group seized control of Gaza in 2007.

Under the Trump administration, the United States has become increasingly isolated on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the United Nations. The Israelis have also accused Hamas and its militant affiliates in Gaza of using the protests as cover for sending attackers into Israel.

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