US protested Israeli decision not to sponsor UN resolution — report

US envoy to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield dressed down Israeli UN envoy Gilad Erdan over Jerusalem’s refusal to co-sponsor a UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine Friday night, the Walla news site reports.

The US mission had reached out to dozens of countries, asking them to back the resolution, a Western diplomat said. Non-security council members were still able to co-sponsor the resolution, even if they could not vote on it.

Eighty-one countries answered the US call and signed on as co-sponsors according to an official list obtained by The Times of Israel.

Security Council members, from left, Britain’s Ambassador to the UN Barbara Woodward; US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield; Albania’s UN Ambassador Ferit; Hoxha; and Brazil’s Ambassador to the UN Ronaldo Costa Filho, vote in the United Nations Security Council, on Friday, February 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Israeli mission referred the matter back to Jerusalem for guidance, where a decision was reached earlier Friday to avoid joining in such a strong gesture against Russia, another official told The Times of Israel.

Ultimately, Russia vetoed the resolution. An hour later, Thomas-Greenfield sent a message to Erdan that the Biden administration was disappointed in Israel’s decision, according to the report.

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