A joint statement calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has not been approved by the UN Security Council for the fourth time in eight days. US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced this on Tuesday, May 18, as Deutsche Welle reports.
"We do not believe that a public statement will currently contribute to de-escalation," Thomas-Greenfield said.
According to her, the United States still relies on "intensive diplomacy" to end violence in the Middle East.
Riyad Mansour, a Permanent Observer for the Palestinian National Authority at the United Nations, criticized the lack of consensus at the United Nations. He appealed to the Organization to call for immediate humanitarian assistance to the population of the Gaza Strip.
Besides, according to The Times of Israel, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN called on the administration of US President Joe Biden to demonstrate the results of its diplomatic efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militant leaders in Gaza. He noted that it was not the first time that the United States had blocked UN Security Council actions on the grounds that they could impede Washington's diplomatic efforts.
Meanwhile, France has prepared a draft resolution on a ceasefire in the Middle East for the UN Security Council. The document was agreed by French President Emmanuel Macron in a video conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan. The resolution calls for a ceasefire between Israel and terrorist groups in Gaza.
"The three countries have agreed on three simple elements: the shooting must stop, it is time for the ceasefire, and the UN Security Council must address this issue," the Elysee Palace said in a statement.
The text of the resolution contains not only a demand for a ceasefire but also for the immediate provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza, as Security Council diplomat told The Times of Israel.
A Security Council resolution has more weight than a joint statement. If it is supported by all members of the UN Security Council, it will be necessary to veto it.
As it was reported earlier, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Sunday, May 16, due to the escalation of the conflict between Israel and HAMAS.
The U.S. supported this idea of meeting soon after the blocking of the meeting. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield underlined that the U.S. will continue to actively engage in diplomacy at the highest levels to try to de-escalate tensions.
As it was reported earlier, on late May 11, a huge missile attack occurred in Tel Aviv and its vicinities. HAMAS movement claimed the responsibility, stating that 130 missiles were fired in the direction of the Israeli capital city. According to the outlet, the alarm sirens blared in practically every large settlement in Israel, as the rockets fell in the downtown of Tel Aviv and its suburbs; it became arguably the largest missile attack on Israel so far. The shooting began at about 8.45 p.m. local time. The missiles fell in several central districts of the country. Some projectiles hit their targets, but most of the rockets were downed by the anti-missile defense system, the Iron Dome.
According to Aviv Kochavi, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) landed attacks on more than 500 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinian militants.