U.S. to ‘Unquestionably’ Veto UN Resolution Demanding International ‘Protection’ for Palestinians

South Korea's Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, left, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, center, and Japan's Ambassador Koro Bessho hold a joint news conference after consultations of the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Times of Israel reports: UNITED NATIONS — The US will “unquestionably” veto an Arab-backed resolution that asks the UN chief to propose measures to ensure “international protection” for Palestinian civilians, ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday.

Diplomats say the measure could come up for a vote as early as Friday. The vote was initially expected Thursday evening, but diplomats said it would be delayed after the US proposed changes.

The Kuwait-sponsored draft demands a halt to “the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force” by the Israeli military. It also “deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israeli civilian areas.” Haley and Israel’s UN ambassador, Danny Danon, sharply criticized the draft for not mentioning Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza.

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