Biden Facing Criticism From Both Parties On UN Ceasefire Vote

( – President Joe Biden is pushing Israel to issue a ceasefire in Gaza. After months of vetoing resolutions calling for an end to the violence, the administration abstained from a United Nations Security Council vote. Now, the POTUS is taking heat from people on both sides of the aisle.

On March 25, the US abstained from a vote on a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The measure passed after America refused to vote. Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement after the vote and said the US didn’t fully agree with the language of the text because it failed to condemn Hamas. However, Blinken stated that the Biden Administration would have supported it had the language been changed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a trip that a delegation was supposed to take to Washington, DC. Biden requested the delegation the previous week, hoping to discuss a possible Israeli invasion into a Gaza city where more than 1 million refugees have fled during the war.

In response to the vote, Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) introduced a congressional resolution requiring the “full cooperation and approval of Israel at each step of the process,” next time. It also stated that the US should not try to force the Israeli government to “take any course of action that is against its best interest.”

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) issued a statement condemning the Biden Administration for the vote, alleging it “emboldened Hamas terrorists.” Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) posted a message on X, formerly Twitter, attacking the UN for passing the resolution without condemning Hamas. He claimed the international body has never been willing “to condemn this group of terrorists, cowards, and rapists.”

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) also put out a statement expressing concern that the vote would embolden the terrorists who attacked Israel on October 7.

The Biden Administration’s position on the war hasn’t changed.

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