The dispute in the Middle East has agitated up a diplomatic stand-off at United Nations between the US and France.
This is the first open tension between the two countries since President Joe Biden has come into power.
Despite guaranteed opposition from Washington, France introduced another draft UN Security Council resolutions. It called for the end of hostilities in Israel and Palestine and humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip.
According to the text obtained by AFP, the draft asks for an immediate pause of hostilities. Moreover, it calls for intensification and speedup of diplomatic efforts and aid for a mediated two-state solution.
Diplomats said the texts had been circulated among the 15 Security Council members who have until Thursday to weigh in. France has not given any indication on when they might hold a vote.
The US says it is pursuing other avenues to solve the crisis, has repeatedly vetoed similar resolutions in recent days.
France’s latest proposal announced in a statement from Paris on Tuesday evening quickly drew a firm response from the US. The US signalled that it would use its veto power again if need be.
The US spokesperson at the UN told AFP that they are focused on intensive diplomatic efforts underway. To bring an end to the violence and not support actions that they believe undermine efforts to de-escalates.
Biden talks with Israel’s Prime Minister
At the same time, Biden stated that he had directly talked to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Asking that he expects significant de-escalation on Wednesday, highlighting the contrasting approaches to the conflict.
The tactics raised the suggestion that it was an attempt to pressure the US or underline that Biden was not reaching his pledge. The pledge to have a multilateral approach to foreign or global affairs, unlike his predecessor Donald Trump.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, French foreign minister, told parliament that the American position would be pretty decisive on Wednesday. Adding that it is true that they have seen the United States a little behind all this.
The evident tension between could leave not only traces but also affect other matters.
Both the countries have also disagreed on whether to assist the anti-jihadist force G5 Sahel this week.
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