Biden sharply criticized the convoy attack in Gaza iRADIO

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US President Joe Biden has unusually harshly criticized Monday’s Israeli attack on a convoy delivering food in the Gaza Strip, news agencies reported. He said he was “outraged and devastated” and called on Israel to quickly claim responsibility for the attack and better protect aid workers in the future. Israel’s army chief admitted shortly before that the army made a serious mistake that led to the killing of seven aid workers.



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6:43 am April 3, 2024

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According to the head of the White House, the incident is a tragedy that Israel must quickly investigate and hold accountable and make the findings public | Source: Reuters

Biden was among Western politicians who condemned the Israeli army for killing workers of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) charity. According to the AP agency, he chose a sharper tone than in his previous critical words towards Israel, for which Washington is a key ally. According to the head of the White House, the incident is a tragedy that Israel must quickly investigate and take responsibility and make the conclusions public.


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“What’s even more tragic is that this is not an isolated incident. This conflict is the worst in recent history in terms of aid workers killed,” he said in a statement.

Israeli Army Chief of Staff Herci Halevi said not long before Biden’s criticism that the tragic mistake was the result of misidentifying the target in difficult night conditions.

“It was a mistake that followed a misidentification – at night, during the war, in very difficult circumstances. It shouldn’t have happened,” Halevi said without elaborating.

The attack on the convoy killed citizens of Australia, Britain and Poland, as well as Palestinians and a person with citizenship of the United States and Canada. According to WCK, the convoy was hit as it was leaving a warehouse in Deir Balah, where it had unloaded more than 100 tons of humanitarian food aid delivered to the Gaza Strip by sea.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the strike was tragic and unintentional, and the Israeli military promised an independent investigation into the circumstances.

Application for full status in the UN

On Tuesday, the Palestinians officially resumed the process of applying for the status of a full member state of the United Nations, where they have been observers since 2012. This was written by the AFP agency with reference to a letter sent by the Palestinian representative to the UN to Secretary-General António Guterres.

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However, observers do not give the request much chance of success due to an expected veto by the United States in the UN Security Council (UNSC), the agency said.

In a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General and delivered to the RB, Riyad Mansour said that “at the request of the Palestinian leadership” he was renewing the submission, which dates back to 2011, and called on the council to consider it this month.

Mansour added that full membership in the world community is a priority for the Palestinians in connection with the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, where, according to local authorities controlled by the Hamas movement, nearly 33,000 people have died. The Jewish state launched the offensive in response to the October terrorist attacks by Hamas and its allies, which killed 1,200 people in southern Israel.

Palestine sought full membership in the United Nations in 2011. But her efforts ultimately did not gain support in the Security Council. She never voted on Palestinian requests, mainly due to pressure from the United States.

According to AFP, a group of Arab and Islamic countries also supported Tuesday’s request in a letter. In a document addressed to the UN, they state that, according to them, 140 member countries of the organization already recognize Palestinian statehood.

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In 2012, the status of the Palestinian territories was elevated to a non-member observer state following a vote in the UN General Assembly. At the time, the Czech Republic was the only European country to oppose the UN granting Palestine the status of a non-member observer state. In the entire UN General Assembly, apart from the Czech Republic, only Israel, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Micronesia, Panama, Canada and the United States voted against.

The application for UN membership is submitted to the Secretary-General in the form of a letter in which the applicant accepts the obligations arising from the UN Charter. Subsequently, the request is dealt with by the UNSC, the recommendation must be supported by nine of the 15 members and cannot be vetoed by any permanent member, i.e. China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the USA. According to AFP, Washington is likely to block the issuance of the recommendation again.

However, if the RB recommended acceptance, the UN General Assembly would have the final say. For the adoption of a new state, two-thirds of the VS must be approved.

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