WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Obama administration said it opposes any Security Council consideration of a United Nations report on last summer’s Israel-Hamas war.
“We challenge the very mechanism which created it,” John Kirby, the U.S. State Department spokesman, said Tuesday, a day after the report’s publication. “And so we’re not going to have a readout of this. We’re not going to have a rebuttal to it.
“We’re certainly going to read it, as we read all UN reports. But we challenge the very foundation upon which this report was written, and we don’t believe that there’s a call or a need for any further Security Council work on this.”
The UN Human Rights Council, a body that Israel and the United States say is biased and targets Israel more than any other country, commissioned the report on the 50 days of fighting in Gaza last July and August.
While the report accused both Israel and Palestinian factions of possible war crimes, its findings focused more on what it considers Israeli wrongdoing in its operation known as Protective Edge.
Kirby’s implicit warning that the United States would use its veto to keep the Security Council from considering the report cuts off one avenue of legal action against Israel.
However, the International Criminal Court, which is affiliated with, but independent of, the United Nations may still take action.