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Ceasefire vote: Shift in US vote, not policy

by Zahid Jadwat

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour addresses the Security Council on the day of a vote on a Gaza resolution. [Picture: Reuters]


The recently-passed UN security council vote for a ceasefire in Gaza, Palestine, marks a break in the consistent US veto. But it does not mean a change in policy, according to a White House spokesperson.

On Monday, a ceasefire resolution was passed after a five-month deadlock caused by consistent vetoes. It stipulated “an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan leading to a lasting sustainable ceasefire”. The return of captives was not a precondition.

Fourteen voted in favour and one – the US – abstained. It left Apartheid Israel a step closer to global isolation as its War of Extermination reduces Gaza to rubble.

“This must be a turning point,” said Riyad Mansour, Palestinian envoy to the UN. “This must lead to saving lives on the ground. Apologies to those who the world has failed, to those that could have been saved but were not.”


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US-Israel relationship

The US abstention at the UN has deepened the rift between Joe Biden’s administration and PM Benjamin Netanyahu. However, it does not mean the US has ceased to be a key enabler of the Gaza Genocide.

John Kirby, White House spokesperson, noted that while his country’s decision not to use its veto power signalled a break, it did not represent a shift in US policy towards the Apartheid state.

Speaking to reporters after the vote, he said: “We abstained on the U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza until the end of Ramadan and the release of all the hostages. Our vote does not — I repeat — does not represent a shift in our policy”.

Although the abstention meant the months-long deadlock in the security council ended and a ceasefire resolution – now international law – could pass, the US still aids terror in the Gaza Strip through military funding.

The States’ largest foreign aid recipient, Israel has received aid to the tune of $330 billion since it began occupying Palestine in 1948. There is no indication the flow will be cut because of a ceasefire resolution.

Reporting from Occupied East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera journalist Imran Khan commented: “It really is the question now about how much pressure the international community can put on Israel, given that the US is still supporting them with military assistance of $3.5bn a year”.

“Is this a turning point in the US-Israel relationship? It’s unlikely that it’s going to be a radical shift. But certainly, there is pressure on Israel from his closest ally,” he added.

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