Vetoes UN Resolution on Gaza Ceasefire, US Explains Reason for Critically Met Decision
Amid mounting criticism, the United States yesterday defended its stance on continued support for Israel's military operation in Gaza. But also, as Voice of America correspondent Veronica Balderas reports, Washington reiterated the importance of protecting Palestinian civilians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the advance of his troops in Gaza as "strong and intensified".
"The aim is to achieve all our objectives - the destruction of Hamas, the return of all our abductees and the promise that Gaza will never again be a threat to Israel," he said.
Mr Netanyahu thanked the United States for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution last week that would have called for an immediate ceasefire.
The American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, justified the decision in an interview for the show "This Week" of the ABC network.
"With Hamas alive and well, with the stated intention of repeating the October 7 attack, that would just perpetuate the problem," Mr. Blinken said.
While stressing the importance of supporting and sending the weapons needed to defend Israel, he made it clear that the aid does not come without conditions.
"Rules apply to Israel, as they do to any other country, including how shipments are used and the need to respect international humanitarian law," Secretary Blinken said.
But as the number of civilian casualties in Gaza continues to rise, the United States' stance has been sharply criticized at the Doha Forum, which is held annually to discuss global challenges.
"It does not depend only on Israel. They are the ones who have given the Israelis the green light to continue killing Palestinians," says Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.
"In the United States we had a very open conversation with Secretary Blinken. All of us, the Arab and Muslim delegation, were very clear, our priorities are defined - stop the aggression, allow sufficient humanitarian supplies throughout Gaza, ensure the protection of civilians," says Ayman Safadi, Jordan's foreign minister.
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who called for a humanitarian ceasefire, also participated in the forum.
From Geneva, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned about the effects of the war on the health of the residents of the Gaza Strip.
"As more and more people will gather in smaller areas, overcrowding, lack of food, water, shelter and sanitation are creating conditions for the spread of disease," said Mr. Ghebreyesus.
He added that his organization has sent teams to support health workers in the field, who he said are physically and mentally exhausted./ VOA
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