A top Iranian diplomat has hit out at the UN Security Council’s inaction on the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip, saying the Israeli regime has a covert green light to commit crimes in the besieged enclave.
“It seems that there is a secret instruction for the Zionist regime [of Israel] which allows it to achieve its goals through oppression,” Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam Hossein Dehqani said on Friday.
He added that the Security Council vetoes any resolution against the Israeli regime because the international body is under the influence of a few Western countries, namely the United States.
“Those countries which claim to be paying attention to democracy and people’s demands are unfortunately ignoring a call by the majority of the international community to take firm action against the Zionist regime,” Dehqani said.
Under the UN Charter, the Security Council is duty-bound to maintain international peace and security and must prevent divisions which would lead to aggression and war, the Iranian diplomat added.
He reiterated that the UN Security Council, as the only institution responsible for putting an end to the ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, refrains from taking “firm and effective” action over the issue.
The Iranian ambassador’s comments came after US President Barack Obama on Friday refused to condemn Israel’s atrocities in Gaza despite widespread global anti-Israeli protests.
Addressing the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Obama instead condemned the Palestinian groups, which are acting in self-defence, for killing Israeli soldiers.
The US Senate on Friday unanimously approved an additional 225 million dollars in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system despite Tel Aviv’s deadly war on the Gaza Strip.
Israeli warplanes have been pounding numerous sites in the Gaza Strip since July 8, followed by a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17.
The Palestinian death toll in Israel’s onslaught on Gaza has now reached nearly 1,650, with 9,000 people injured. Most of the casualties have been civilians, including a large number of women and children.