The US threatens to veto the new resolution on the ceasefire in Gaza 3:39

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The United States raised a new draft resolution on Gaza at the UN Security Council that calls for a temporary ceasefire in Israel's war against Hamas, and warns against an Israeli ground incursion into Rafah, where hundreds Thousands of displaced Palestinians have fled over the course of the conflict.

The US proposal comes after the country pledged to veto a proposal from Algeria calling for an immediate ceasefire. The Security Council will vote on the Algerian project this Tuesday morning.

The draft of the project proposed by the United States, to which CNN had access, calls for a “temporary ceasefire in Gaza as soon as possible,” which falls short of the objective of most other members of the Security Council who want an immediate ceasefire.

  • The United States threatens to veto new Gaza ceasefire resolution in the UN Security Council

The United States, which has traditionally protected its ally Israel from UN actions, has repeatedly resisted calls for a “ceasefire,” emphasizing what it claims is Israel's right to defend itself in the wake of the terrorist attack. of Hamas on October 7. He also voted against at least two Security Council resolutions on the war.

On Friday, President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House that he had “extensive conversations” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the past few days, in which he conveyed his position “that there has to be a temporary ceasefire” to ensure the safe release of hostages still held by the terrorist organization.

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The text proposed by the US warns of the effects of an Israeli ground offensive in Rafah, noting that it would "cause further damage to civilians and their further displacement, potentially even to neighboring countries, which would have serious implications for peace." and the security of the region".

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Despite international pressure, Israel has said it plans to expand its ground operations in Rafah as part of its goal to destroy Hamas after the October 7 attacks. Many fear that military action in the refugee tent city could trigger an exodus and cause the deaths of thousands of civilians.

The Biden administration has become more public in expressing concerns about how Israel is conducting the war. Last week, Biden told Netanyahu that military action “should not continue,” according to a readout of his call.

The proposed US resolution, which also calls for the release of Israeli hostages, will be discussed privately on Tuesday. It is unclear when it will be put to a vote, which needs more than nine votes in favor and no vetoes from permanent members to pass.

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