The United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley (2-d-front), votes in favor of a resolution prepared by the United States on Palestine at UN headquarters in New York on June 1 2018. The UN Security Council rejected on Friday a resolution prepared by the United States on the question of Palestine. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today rejected a resolution prepared by the United States on the question of Palestine.
The American text which competed with a draft resolution of Kuwait, won only one vote in favor: that of the United States. Three of the 15 council members voted against (Kuwait Russia and Bolivia) and 11 abstained. A UNSC resolution requires at least nine affirmative votes to be adopted with the proviso that none of the five permanent members of the council, the United Kingdom China France Russia and the United States vote against it.
Immediately after the vote the United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley blamed the situation on "prejudice against Israel" in the Security Council. "With today's vote the majority of the UN Security Council showed that it is willing to blame Israel but that it is not willing to blame Hamas for the violence in Gaza" Haley said in a brief statement.
"It was not necessary to have more evidence but now it is completely clear that the UN is totally partial with respect to Israel, the United States will not allow this bias so we do not hesitate to use our veto" the statement said. The draft resolution of the United States blames Hamas for the recent escalation of violence in Gaza.
The Kuwaiti text vetoed by the United States in a previous vote deplores the excessive disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It also asks to consider measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population. The draft Kuwaiti resolution also called for immediate measures to end the blockade and restrictions imposed by Israel on the movement and access to enter or leave the Gaza Strip.