China, Russia vetoed U.S. Gaza ceasefire resolution

UN-Security-Council The UN Security Council debates the Gaza war in February. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Revelation 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia and China on Friday vetoed a U.S. draft UN Security Council resolution which called for an “immediate and sustained ceasefire” in Gaza along with “the release of all remaining hostages” held by Hamas.
  • This was the fourth time since the war began in October that the Security Council failed to agree on a resolution calling for a ceasefire.
  • This time, the dispute was over the U.S. insistence on linking the ceasefire call to a hostage deal and condemnation of Hamas, rather than the unconditional ceasefire resolution demanded by Russia and China.
  • S. and Israeli officials said the Biden administration had been working for weeks on mobilizing support for its draft resolution.
  • In order to garner more votes, the U.S. strengthened the paragraph in the draft resolution that referred to the ceasefire.
  • The U.S. draft resolution also included strong language expressing concern about a possible Israeli ground offensive in Rafah.
  • The Security Council is expected to vote on an alternative resolution put forward by eight member states, calling for an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan to lead to a permanent ceasefire.
  • The U.S. is expected to veto.

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