US Vetoes UN Resolution on Gaza


More than 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces along the fence that divides Israel from Gaza since the protests erupted in March. A 21-year-old Palestinian health worker was killed on Friday, the Gaza health ministry said. No Israelis have been killed.

Israel has contended its military is acting lawfully to stop the protesters from breaching the fence, and has rejected accusations that soldiers have used deadly force needlessly. The Israelis have also accused Hamas and its militant affiliates in Gaza of using the protests as cover for sending attackers into Israel.

The United States has backed Israel completely on the Gaza issue.

The resolution drafted by Kuwait, the only Arab member of the Security Council, had undergone numerous revisions in recent weeks. It called for the “consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection” of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and for a halt to “the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force” by the Israeli military.

Ms. Haley, an outspoken advocate of Israel at the United Nations, called the revised draft a “grossly one-sided approach” that did not acknowledge any responsibility by Palestinian militants for the violence.

Under the Trump administration, the United States has become increasingly isolated on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the United Nations.

President Trump’s decision to relocate the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputed holy city of Jerusalem was met with widespread international condemnation. The Palestinians have been especially critical and have said the United States can no longer be regarded as an impartial broker of any peace negotiation.


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