The US has said it will not support a draft resolution put forward at the UN Security Council by France that calls for Israel to halt its bombing campaign in Gaza that has killed over 200 Palestinians, including over 60 children.
“We’ve been clear and consistent that we are focused on intensive diplomatic efforts underway to bring an end to the violence and that we will not support actions that we believe undermine efforts to de-escalate,” a US spokesperson at the UN said when asked about the French effort.
So far, the US has blocked three statements at the Security Council that would have condemned the latest Israeli violence against Palestinians. Fourteen out of the 15 Security Council members supported all three statements, with only the US opposed.
The French effort is a resolution, which differs from a statement. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, the US, or the UK to pass at the Security Council. The French are hoping to get a vote on the Gaza resolution as soon as possible, but the US appears to be ready to veto it.
On Wednesday, President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he “expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire.” But the fact that the US refuses to join international calls for a ceasefire calls into question if Biden is really seeking a de-escalation, and the Israelis show no sign of slowing down.