US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield criticized the UN Security Council for its disproportionate focus on criticizing Israel during the UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East Tuesday.
"Before I address what we’ve just heard, I want to briefly comment on the content of these monthly meetings. The monthly agenda calls for a briefing on “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.” This Council spends a great deal of time on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is both understandable and consistent with the agenda. But far too often, the substance of these discussions is centered almost entirely around criticism of Israel and counterattacks. I sincerely hope that going forward, Council members will do their best to take a more balanced approach. Also, there are other countries and situations in the region that merit Security Council attention and should not be neglected," Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said.
"That said, all of us here care sincerely about providing a better future for both Israelis and Palestinians alike. This is a complex crisis with deep suffering on both sides. Along with bringing balance to these discussions, we need to reflect on which actions truly take us closer to the goal of peace.
Thomas-Greenfield reiterated the Biden Administrations support for negotiations to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. "The first step toward resolving any conflict is frank and direct dialogue. So, the United States supports the resumed, direct contact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. To that end, we also welcomed the re-engagement between Israeli and Jordanian leaders, as well as the progress from the Abraham Accords. I had the opportunity to sit down with Prime Minister Bennett last month for a productive discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing Israel here in the UN system. We’ve also been engaging with the Palestinian partners, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Amr recently traveled to the West Bank to meet with President Abbas. Gaza continues to have an acute need for humanitarian relief and recovery. Humanitarian actors need regular, predictable, and sustained access to Gaza."... Read More: Arutz-7