The big controversy out of the UN Security Council on Wednesday is that the US vetoed a draft resolution calling for a humanitarian pause in Gaza, as Israeli airstrikes continue and ground forces are reportedly still staging for an invasion.
The draft resolution was proposed by Brazil and condemned “the terrorist attacks by Hamas,” urged the release of hostages, while calling for a “humanitarian pause” or ceasefire. 12 members approved the draft Wednesday, the UK and Russia abstained, but the United States shot it down.
US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said she wanted US diplomacy to “play out” first, but also criticized the resolution text for not expressly upholding Israel’s right to self defense. Thomas-Greenfield slammed this aspect, saying in her explanation before the council: