U.S. Abstains From U.N. Vote On Cease-Fire In Middle East

March 26, 2024

Because the final text does not have key language we view as essential, notably a condemnation of Hamas, we could not support it.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken explaining why the U.S. abstained from a United Nations Security Council vote that calls for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The resolution passed, marking the first time since the war began that the U.N. has agreed on a measure calling for a halt in fighting.

Why It Matters: The United States abstained from the vote, adding tension between the U.S. and Israel regarding decisions made about the war. After the measure passed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled plans to send delegates to D.C. to discuss an invasion of Rafah, a city in southern Gaza that more than a million people have moved to in wake of the war. However, the Israeli defense minister still met with White House officials on Monday, and is scheduled to meet with the U.S. Secretary of Defense on Tuesday.

Important To Note: “Under the United Nations Charter, Security Council resolutions are legally binding on its 193 member nations, though they are often flouted” (The Associated Press).

Read More: UN demand for Gaza cease-fire provokes strongest clash between US and Israel since war began (The Associated Press)

From the State Department: U.S. Abstention from UN Security Council Resolution on Gaza

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas