Israel thanks US for support in talks prior to UN vote; FM says Israel to keep checking all aid into Gaza

Israeli soldiers inspect humanitarian aid trucks arriving from Egypt on the Israeli side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing with the southern Gaza Strip, on December 22, 2023, amid the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian terror group Hamas. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
Israeli soldiers inspect humanitarian aid trucks arriving from Egypt on the Israeli side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing with the southern Gaza Strip, on December 22, 2023, amid the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian terror group Hamas. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

Israel will continue to inspect humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen says after the UN Security Council approves a resolution demanding increased aid deliveries amid the Israel-Hamas war.

“Israel will continue to inspect, for security reasons, all humanitarian assistance to Gaza,” Cohen says in a statement.

Also following the vote, in which the US abstained after negotiating language that did not require an immediate ceasefire or other demands opposed by Israel, the Israeli envoy to the UN thanks the US and President Joe Biden for “standing on Israel’s side throughout the negotiations” and “maintaining defined red lines.”

“The decision maintains Israel’s security authority to supervise and inspect the aid that enters Gaza,” Ambassador Gilad Erdan notes in a statement.

Erdan also slams the resolution for not condemning the Hamas-led massacres on October 7, when Palestinian terrorists killed some 1,200 people and took around 240 hostage.

“This is a disgrace that exposes the irrelevance of the UN regarding the war in Gaza,” he charges. “The UN’s focus on only the aid mechanisms for Gaza is unnecessary and disconnected from reality… The UN needs to focus on the humanitarian crisis of the hostages.”

Adds Erdan: “The failures of the UN in the last 17 years have allowed Hamas to dig terror tunnels and manufacture missiles and rockets. It is clear that the UN cannot be trusted to monitor the incoming aid to the Gaza Strip.”

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