Soon after Russia vetoed a resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield sent a message to Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Gilead Arden, indicating that the Biden administration “was disappointed by Israel’s conduct”. This information Israeli news site Walla! The incident, quoting senior Israeli officials, contradicts claims by Prime Minister Bennett and his chief diplomat Lapid that the United States understood Israel’s position on the Ukrainian conflict.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield protested her Israeli counterpart Gilad Erden for refusing to support Israel’s resolution for which the US voted Friday night at the UN Security Council condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. did.
Senior Israeli officials leaked this information to Israeli journalist Barak Ravid of the Walla news site. The same sources recall that last week the prime minister’s office and Israel’s foreign ministry said the United States understood the position of the Jewish state and did not pressure the government to adopt any position on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But this Sunday evening’s revelations prove just the opposite. So it turns out that behind the scenes was actually American pressure and discontent on the part of the Biden administration with Israel’s conduct.
Israel declares its support for Ukraine “without mentioning Russia”
The Foreign Ministry said in an official statement for the first time since the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine on 23 February, “Israel shares international concern over the measures taken in eastern Ukraine. And to add that “Israel maintains the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.” supports, and is ready to immediately transfer humanitarian aid to Ukraine”.
The word Russia was not mentioned in the foreign ministry statement.
Israel Refuses to Support Condemnation of Russian Attack on UN
Israel refused to support a US Security Council resolution calling for a condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to invade Russia.
Israel has refused to voice its support for a US Security Council resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, despite President Joe Biden’s request.
Although Israel is not a member of the United Nations Security Council, the United States has approached it and dozens of other countries asking them to join the resolution as a “daughter of honour”, that is, to sign it and make it publicly available. Ask to express your support without voting. ,
“Israel drags its feet and gives no clear answer to Americans until midnight on Friday when the Security Council meeting begins,” wrote Vala!
Unlike Israel, more than 80 countries that are not members of the UN Security Council have expressed support for the US resolution. During the voting, 11 members of the Security Council voted in favor of condemning Russia. Three countries – China, India and the United Arab Emirates – did not participate. decision.
Next week, the United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote on a decision on similar sentencing. Since Russia does not have a veto power in the UN General Assembly, the censure motion must be adopted by a large majority. It is believed that Israel will have no choice but to vote in favor of the decision when it comes to the UN General Assembly vote.
“Our vote would not have been used and we have a set of constraints”
A foreign ministry official told Vala! “Israel has decided not to be included in the list of countries that voted for the Security Council decision. Israel is not a member of the Security Council and this is a decision that will not pass anyway because of the Russian veto. Israel’s position on the conflict in Ukraine is clear and will be reflected in the United Nations’ territory.
“We have made it clear to allies that we oppose the Russian move expressed in the Foreign Minister’s statements and that we have certain obstacles that they are fully aware of,” he concluded.
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