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Biden’s ‘honeymoon’ at the United Nations ended?


A series of intense discussions about the state of conflict in the Gaza Strip this week appear to suggest that the United Nations is no longer a comfortable place for the US and President Joe Biden.

The news site POLITICO, citing sources from the diplomats of the three UN Security Council member countries, recently revealed a remarkable information: 15 member countries of the Council this week had the closed discussion surrounding the release of a statement calling for restraint among the parties in the Gaza Strip. However, the United States was the only country that used its veto power to block consensus on this claim.

Although many member states of the Council proposed moving to an open debate on the Gaza issue on May 14, the US raised a last-minute objection on May 13. This means that a further debate will not be possible, at least until May 18.

As Israel’s biggest ally at the United Nations, the United States has consistently supported Israel through several presidents, despite objections from many global bodies over how Palestinian territories are managed.

But given the reversal in the course of discussions, many diplomats at the United Nations must wonder how much US policy has changed since the presidency of Donald Trump. “If the Biden administration is having a honeymoon at the United Nations, it’s over,” said Richard Gowan, who runs the International Crisis Organization at the United Nations.





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The United Nations is no longer an easy place to breathe for the US and President Joe Biden?. Photo: AP

Also according to Richard Gowan, a debate by the United Nations Security Council is in the long-term interests of the US. He said that blocking the above statements and arguments “is like a gift to China and Russia, who will use Gaza as an excuse to disadvantage the US, whenever Washington speaks out.” on matters concerning Beijing or Moscow”.

According to POLITICO, the draft UN Security Council statement calls on all parties to “refrain from and limit provocative actions and statements, while maintaining and respecting the historical status quo. in the holy places.” The draft also notes “the grave concern of the United Nations Security Council about the possible deportation of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan areas of East Jerusalem. Many of them have lived in here for generations.”

The statement also underscores the longstanding support for the United Nations’ “Two States” solution, “where two countries, Israel and an independent, democratic Palestinian state, are contiguous and sovereign. rights, living together peacefully between safe and recognized borders”.

Two senior European diplomats told POLITICO that, if the UN Security Council cannot come to a consensus, the opportunity opens up for Turkey and its Arab allies in the future. convening a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the matter. If the meeting, chaired by Turkey’s ambassador to the United Nations, Volkan Bozkır, goes ahead, the United States and Israel will most likely be opposed by as many as 190 countries.

However, an official at the US delegation said that the United States was still supporting an open meeting at the United Nations Security Council on Gaza early next week, likely to take place on Wednesday. 5. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is said to be conducting daily discussions with UN Security Council ambassadors.

For his part, US President Joe Biden on May 12 had a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also had a conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to find a way out of the situation. current tension between the two countries. At the same time, Hady Amr, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestine Affairs, was in Israel to conduct discussions with similar content.

The US diplomats said that it is necessary to delay the talks at the United Nations, so that the parties have more time for high-level discussions in the region, in order to reduce tensions and move towards an agreement. Comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

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