U.S. Vetoes Palestinian Bid for Full UN Membership

(New York Times) Yonette Joseph - The U.S. blocked the UN Security Council on Thursday from moving forward on a Palestinian bid to be recognized as a full member state at the UN. The vote was 12 in favor and one - the U.S. - opposed, with abstentions from Britain and Switzerland. Israel's foreign minister, Israel Katz, said after the vote: "The shameful proposal was rejected. Terrorism will not be rewarded." Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan said Thursday, "The only thing that forced, unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state will do is to make any future negotiations almost impossible." U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the new resolution would not have brought a two-state solution closer. "Right now, the Palestinians don't have control over a significant portion of what is supposed to be their state. It's being controlled by a terrorist organization," referring to Hamas.

2024-04-21 00:00:00

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