Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone today for the anti-Israel position that Moscow maintains in international organizations and in international relations. Netanyahu read to him that Russia supported the UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to the fighting in the Gaza Strip and rapprochement with Iran.
Putin retorted that Russia does not support terrorism, but cannot turn its eyes away from the hopeless situation of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. Russia itself has been waging an aggressive war against Ukraine for almost a year and ten months.
During the call, Bibi thanked Putin for his efforts in the release of the Israeli-Russian hostage held in the Gaza Strip. Furthermore, according to his office, he asked the Russian president to help the Red Cross provide medicine and safety for the hostages still in captivity.
Their call came against the backdrop of the UN Security Council’s vote on a resolution calling for an end to the fighting in Gaza. All 15 members of the UN Security Council voted for the resolution. The vote ended in a ratio of 13 to 1, the resolution was vetoed by the United States, which is one of the five permanent members of the council with the right to veto, Great Britain abstained.
For example, France or Japan, i.e. traditional allies of the USA, voted for the cessation of hostilities. The resolution was further supported by almost 100 other states. The United States’ veto was criticized by most of them. According to them, this is an unnecessary prolongation of the war. Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Poliyansky, called the vote “the blackest day in the history of the Middle East.” Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour compared the US veto to a “disaster”. According to him, it was a “terrible day for the Security Council”.
The main concern is the loss of more innocent civilian lives and the outbreak of an uncontrollable humanitarian disaster, which some, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres, say is imminent.
The United States’ move was also criticized by representatives of human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
According to the United States, the text of the resolution was “unfair”. They criticized the council for not condemning the October 7 attack on Israel, or for not recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself. According to them, the resolution would only help Hamas, which could continue to rule over Gaza and prepare for the next attack.
Israeli Defense Minister Jo’av Galant, on the other hand, thanked the United States for their support and courage. “Israel is fighting for its future and the free world,” Galant said.