Ceasefire Vetoed as US Passes New Arms Bill

(NewsReady.com) – The United States has made it clear that it is firmly backing Israel in its war against Hamas. President Joe Biden refuses to attach provisions to the aid the US sends the Middle Eastern nation and won’t call for a ceasefire. Recently, the US used its veto power to shut down a resolution against Israel at the United Nations (UN).

On December 8, for the first time in more than five decades, a secretary-general of the UN invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter. The article is only used when the official believes there’s a threat that warrants an emergency meeting of the Security Council because it poses such a significant risk to global security. The last time it was used was in 1971.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the stunning announcement in order to push for a ceasefire in Gaza. He said he believes Gaza is on the brink of a “complete collapse” as Israel continues to bomb it and now is attacking it on the ground.

That same night, Biden’s administration announced to Congress that it had approved the sale of nearly 14,000 rounds of tank ammunition to Israel. The arms deal is worth over $106 million. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called it an emergency and said it was in the best interest of US national security. The declaration allowed him to bypass congressional review.

A day later, the US vetoed a resolution put forward by the U.A.E. that called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. US Deputy Ambassador Robert Wood said the resolution would not have done anything to make the situation between Israel and Gaza better. The US also requested language be added condemning Hamas’ terrorist attack that killed approximately 1,400 Israelis and kicked off the war, but the request was denied.

Ironically, while the US has not supported a ceasefire, the Biden Administration has repeatedly told Israel to respect international law, all while selling the nation arms.

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