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New York, NY — The US mission to the United Nations has again blocked a joint statement condemning the violence between Israel and Palestinian-backed terrorist groups. This is the third attempt by the UN Security Council to issue such a statement in the past week, with the United States being the only one to block the statement each time. The statement is not a peace seeking statement by the council, but rather a statement to condemn Israel by world leaders.
The US has continued to maintain that it is committed to deescalating the violence, but is refusing to commit to demanding a cease fire as the joint statement requests. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had initially signaled on Sunday that the violence should end immediately but seems to have changed his tune recently. According to the Times of Israel, Israeli leaders do not prefer to seek a cease fire at this point, preferring to let IDF continue through their phased attacks on key points of interest.
Those points of interest have come under scrutiny recently, with The Associated Press calling for an independent investigation after the building that houses their journalists was struck by rockets. The group received advance notice and evacuated the building before the attack occurred. No journalists were put at risk because of this, but the AP has maintained that the attack was unnecessary. The IDF says there is proof of Hamas assets in the building and is 100% sure the attack was justified.
The Times of Israel also obtained a draft copy of the UN Security Council statement that the US rejected. According to reports, the statement did not include any specific mention of the Hamas rockets, just the violence by both groups and the attacks by Israel specifically. The group demanded peace for Muslim worshippers and expressed concerns over the evictions in East Jerusalem neighborhoods that have been cited as an escalation to tensions between the two.
The United States maintains that it is working through diplomatic channels to reach a cease fire. A US official told the Times of Israel that the statement by the UN Security Council would not have helped the US mission to reach a cease fire between the two groups.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also voiced support for Israel as world leaders continue to push against the Jewish nation. She held a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and condemned the rockets from Gaza into Israel by Palestinian terrorists and voiced solidarity for Israel. Other European Union leaders said that the violence was concerning.
Progressive US congressional representatives have continued to call on President Joe Biden to abandon Israel and back the Palestinian terrorist group. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seemed to indicate that the US should remove all support of Israel as a result of its actions. Reps Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley all have continued to spread their propaganda online in an effort to sway public opinion.
Ilhan Omar on Twitter: “Disgusting and immoral for the US to endorse this violent bloodshed. I don’t know any other time when the US has actively blocked a ceasefire and allowed for civilians to get slaughtered. pic.twitter.com/Nax4QHRbjU / Twitter”
Disgusting and immoral for the US to endorse this violent bloodshed. I don’t know any other time when the US has actively blocked a ceasefire and allowed for civilians to get slaughtered. pic.twitter.com/Nax4QHRbjU
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