Will Israel defy new Security Council resolution? – Global Issues
  • Written by Salif Deen (united nations)
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Clearly, Israel has long been notorious for ignoring Security Council resolutions, and it is thanks in large part to the United States’ determined support that it still does not have to pay the price for such violations.

Stephen Zones, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco who has written extensively and authoritatively on Security Council politics, told IPS: It took at least 10 years to pass, but we ended up complying with about 12 of them. They still violate other things. ”

He said successive U.S. administrations, including the Biden administration, have made it clear they will veto any U.N. Security Council resolution that imposes sanctions or other pressure on Israel to force compliance.

While it is certainly a positive development that the Biden administration did not veto Monday’s Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire, as it had previously done, the United States was the only country not to vote in favor. As a result, Japan once again demonstrated its isolation in the international community.

The Biden administration threatened to veto a resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire, only agreeing not to veto it in exchange for removing the word “permanent.”

White House Press Secretary John Kirby said the United States did not vote in favor because the resolution does not condemn Hamas, although it also does not condemn Israel.

The wording of various provisions, which the Biden administration also clearly requested, makes clear: While it “requires” Hamas to release the hostages, the U.S. says the resolution is desperately needed by the Palestinians. He confirmed that he was only “highlighting the urgent need” to get aid and did not mention that it was Israel that was blocking it, now at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. said Dr. Zunes, Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Research Professor in the Faculty of Sociology and Labor Sciences.

At the same time, the US allowed the passing of a temporary cease-fire resolution without making it conditional on the release of Israeli hostages, even though even if the cease-fire resolution was respected, the fighting could stop for only two weeks. That is important, he said. I got it.

“This undoubtedly reflects the growing domestic and international pressure the Biden administration faces over its support for Israel’s devastating war against the Gaza population.

“However, whatever the text of the resolution, Israel is unlikely to abide by it, and the United States will certainly veto any attempt by the United Nations to enforce it,” he declared.

Brenda Mofia, Oxfam’s United Nations representative and head of its New York office, said: “We hope that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip can get a much-needed respite from relentless and devastating Israeli violence, and that vital aid can reach them. We welcome the Security Council’s adoption of the ceasefire resolution.” But while the resolution is a step in the right direction, it falls short of the permanent ceasefire that is truly needed, and the more than 32,000 people killed in Gaza while the Security Council struggles of Palestinians, and thousands more are missing, it’s too late. It trumps semantics, she argued.

“For almost six months, the rest of the international community has repeatedly called for a permanent ceasefire, the release of all hostages, and the provision of unlimited aid to Gaza. It is long overdue that we finally heed these calls with moral leadership and end the killing and suffering in Gaza.

“Now that this resolution has been passed, it is imperative that Member States fulfill their obligations to ensure implementation of the resolution so that Palestinians never again have to endure such violence. “This includes an immediate halt to the transfer of arms, parts and ammunition to ‘Palestinian armed groups,'” she said.

“Just a two-week pause is not enough. This initial cessation of violence will lead to a lasting and permanent ceasefire and a sustainable peace between Palestinians and Israelis alike, as the people of Gaza mourn their loved ones, and We must be able to begin the long road of recovery and reconstruction,” Mofiya declared.

Louis Charbonneau, UN Executive Director at Human Rights Watch, said Israel must immediately respond to UN Security Council resolutions by expediting the delivery of humanitarian aid, ending hunger among Gazans, and halting illegal attacks. He said there is.

Palestinian armed groups should immediately release all civilians held hostage. The United States and other countries should use their power to end the atrocities by halting arms transfers to Israel, Charbonneau said.

In a statement released on March 25, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. abstention from the Security Council resolution “follows Russia and China’s veto of our comprehensive draft resolution at the Security Council. “This reaffirms the United States’ position that a ceasefire is necessary.” Regardless of the duration, it will be carried out as part of the Gaza hostage release agreement. ”

“While we do not agree with all the provisions contained in this document, the adjustments made by the resolution’s proponents in recent days indicate that the cease-fire document must be combined with the hostage release document,” he said. “This is consistent with our principled position.”

The resolution further explicitly recognizes that the governments of Egypt, Israel, Qatar and the United States are conducting painstaking and non-stop negotiations to achieve disengagement in the context of a cease-fire, which will lead to more There will also be room for life-saving measures to be taken. It’s about supporting Palestinian civilians and building something more lasting.

“We could not support the final document because it did not contain important language that we value, particularly condemning Hamas. This failure to condemn is especially difficult to understand,” Blinken said.

“We reiterate the need to accelerate and continue the provision of humanitarian assistance through all available routes on land, sea and air. “We will continue to discuss with our partners a path towards establishing a Palestinian state that guarantees real security,” he declared.

Nihal Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said the Biden administration’s long-awaited decision to allow the passage of a Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire is a sign that “our government is committed to providing assistance. “It will only have an impact if we take concrete measures.” that. ”

The far-right Netanyahu government has already vowed to ignore the resolution and continue the massacre in Gaza. The Biden administration should respond by halting any new arms transfers to the Israeli government and taking steps to pursue a just and lasting peace, he said.

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