US Vetoes Palestine Becoming a United Nations Member State


The United States vetoed Palestine’s draft resolution to have full membership in the United Nations (UN), during the UN Security Council on 18 April. Twelve members voted in favor, two (the United Kingdom and Switzerland) abstained, and the United States voted against Palestine becoming a UN member state, which would entail participating in decision-making and voting powers in the General Assembly for resolutions. The US veto is “a blatant aggression” and “an encouragement to the pursuit of the genocidal war against our people… which pushes the region ever further to the edge of the abyss,” said Palestine’s President, Mahmoud Abbas after the vote The Security Council needs to have a minimum of nine members in favor of a resolution for it to pass, and most importantly, for all of its permanent members, which are Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, to vote in favor. “The United States continues to strongly support the two-state solution,” the US Deputy Ambassador, Robert A. Wood, stated after the vote on 18 April. In September 2011, President Abbas sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the UN requesting membership in the…

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