‘Blatant aggression’: US vetoes Palestinian attempt to gain statehood at UN, 12 countries in favour

Residents inspect the ruins of an apartment destroyed by Israeli airstrikes.

The United States has used its veto power to block a United Nations Security Council resolution that sought to recognise a Palestinian state. The resolution received support from twelve Security Council members, with the UK and Switzerland abstaining.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned the US veto, labeling it as “unfair, immoral, and unjustified,” and stating that it defied the will of the international community, which overwhelmingly supports Palestinian statehood.

In a statement, the presidency called the US veto “unfair, unethical and unjustified”.

“The fact that this resolution did not pass will not break our will, and it will not defeat our determination,” Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said after the vote.

“We will not stop in our effort. The state of Palestine is inevitable. It is real,” he said.

“Please remember that once this session adjourns, in Palestine, there are innocents paying the price with their lives … for the delay in justice, freedom and peace,” he added.

Meanhwile, Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz applauded the US decision to veto the resolution.

The push for Palestinian state recognition at the UN followed genocide in Gaza, where Israel has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians.

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