US Ambassador Robert Wood disclosed the United States' position before the Security Council vote: “While the United States strongly supports the durable peace, in which both Israelis and Palestinians live in peace and security, we do not support calls for an immediate ceasefire.”
“This would only plant the seeds for the next war, because Hamas has no desire to see a durable peace, to see a two-state solution,” Wood added.
Wood's statement came after the UN leader urged member states to vote for a ceasefire resolution amid the bloody war between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas, which launched a deadly attack against Israeli territory on October 7. The terrorist group is now retreating to Gaza where they are hiding from counterattacks among the civilian population.
“The population of Gaza is looking into the abyss,” said the UN secretary, who avoided mentioning how a ceasefire would benefit Hamas. “The international community must do everything possible to end their ordeal... I urge the Council to spare no effort to push for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, for the protection of civilians, and for the urgent delivery of lifesaving aid.”
The truce between Israel and Hamas ended last week, following several exchanges of Palestinian prisoners for hostages captured by the terrorist group on October 7.