U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel: 1972 – Present

U.S. Vetoes/Negative Voting 1972-1982

Palestine: Syrian-Lebanese Complaint. 3 power draft resolution. (S/10784)
09/10/1972 13-1, 1
Palestine: Examination of Middle East Situation. 8-power draft resolution. (S/10974)
07/02/1973 13-1, 0 (China not partic.)
Palestine: Egyptian-Lebanese Complaint. 5-power draft power resolution. (S/11898)
12/08/1975 13-1, 1
Palestine: Middle East Problem, including Palestinian
question. 6-power draft resolution. (S/11940)
01/25/1976 9-1,3 (China & Libya not partic.)
Palestine: Situation in Occupied Arab Territories.
5-power draft resolution. (S/12022)
03/25/1976 14-1,0
Palestine: Report on Committee on Rights of Palestinian People. 4-power draft resolution. (S/121119)
06/29/1976 10-1,4
Palestine: Palestinian Rights. Tunisian draft resolution.
04/30/1980 10-1,4
Palestine: Golan Heights. Jordan draft resolution.
(S/14832/Rev. 2)
01/20/1982 9-1,5
Palestine: Situation in Occupied Territories, Jordan
draft resolution. (S/14943)
04/02/1982 13-1,1
Palestine: Incident at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
4-power draft resolution
04/20/1982 14-1, 0
Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. Spain draft resolution.
06/08/1982 14-1,0
Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. France draft resolution.
(S/15255/Rev. 2)
06/26/1982 14-1
Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. USSR draft resolution.
(S/15347/Rev. 1, as orally amended)
08/06/1982 11-1,3
Palestine: Situation in Occupied Territories, 20-power
draft resolution. (S/15895)
08/02/1983 13-1,1

U.S. Security Council Vetoes/Negative Voting 1983-Present

Occupied Arab Territories: Wholesale condemnation of Israeli settlement policies. (S/15895)
08/01/1983 Vetoed: 13-1 (U.S.), with 1 abstention
S. Lebanon: Condemns Israeli action in southern Lebanon. (S/16732)
09/06/1984 Vetoed: 13-1 (U.S.), with 1 abstention
Occupied Territories: Deplores “repressive measures” by Israel against Arab population. (S/19459)
09/13/1985 Vetoed: 10-1 (U.S.), with 4 abstentions
(Australia, Denmark, UK, France)
Lebanon: Condemns Israeli practices against civilians in southern Lebanon. (S/17000)
03/12/1985 Vetoed: 11-1 (U.S.), with 3 abstentions
(Australia, Denmark, UK)
Occupied Territories: Calls upon Israel to respect Muslim holy places. (S/17769/Rev. 1)
01/30/1986  Vetoed: 13-1 (US), with one abstention
Lebanon: Condemns Israeli practices against civilians in southern Lebanon. (S/17730/Rev. 2)
01/17/1986 Vetoed: 11-1 (U.S.), with 3 abstentions
(Australia, Denmark, UK)
Libya/Israel: Condemns Israeli interception of Libyan plane. (S/17796/Rev. 1)
02/06/1986 Vetoed: 10 -1 (US), with 4 abstentions
(Australia, Denmark, France, UK)
Lebanon: Draft strongly deplored repeated Israeli attacks against Lebanese territory and other measures and practices against the civilian population; (S/19434)
01/18/1988 Vetoed 13-1 (US), with 1 abstention
Lebanon: Draft condemned recent invasion by Israeli forces of Southern Lebanon and repeated a call for the immediate withdrawal of all Israeli forces from Lebanese territory; (S/19868)
05/10/1988 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Lebanon: Draft strongly deplored the recent Israeli attack against Lebanese territory on 9 December 1988; (S/20322)
12/14/1988 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Draft called on Israel to accept de jure applicability of the 4th Geneva Convention; (S/19466)
01/29/1988 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Draft urged Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention, rescind the order to deport Palestinian civilians, and condemned policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories;  (S/19780)
04/14/1988 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Strongly deplored Israeli policies and practices in the occupied territories, and strongly deplored also Israel’s continued disregard of relevant Security Council decisions. (S/20463)
02/17/1989 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Condemned Israeli policies and practices in the occupied territories. (S/20677)
06/09/1989 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Deplored Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied territories. (S/20945/Rev.1)
11/07/1989 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: NAM draft resolution to create a commission and send three security council members to Rishon Lezion, where
an Israeli gunmen shot down seven Palestinian workers. (S/21300)
05/21/1990 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Middle East: Confirms that the expropriation of land by Israel in East Jerusalem is invalid and in violation of relevant Security Council resolutions and provisions of the Fourth Geneva convention; expresses support of peace process, including the Declaration of Principles of 9/13/1993. (S/ 1995/394)
05/17/1995 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Middle East: Calls upon Israeli authorities to refrain from all actions or measures, including settlement activities. (S/1997/199)
03/07/1997 Vetoed 14-1 (US)

Middle East: Demands that Israel cease construction of the settlement in east Jerusalem (called Jabal Abu Ghneim by the Palestinians and Har Homa by Israel), as well as all the other Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories. (S/1997/241)

03/21/1997 Vetoed 13-1,1 (US)
Call for UN Observers Force in West Bank, Gaza. (S/2001/270)
03/27/2001 Vetoed 9-1 (US), with four abstentions (Britain, France, Ireland and Norway)
Condemned acts of terror, demanded an end to violence and the establishment of a monitoring mechanism to bring in observers. (S/2001/1199)
12/14/2001 Vetoed 12-1 (US) with two abstentions (Britain and Norway)

On the killing by Israeli forces of several UN employees and the destruction of the World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse. (S/2002/1385)

12/19/2002 12-1 (US) with two abstentions (Bulgaria and Cameroon)
Demand that Israel halt threats to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. (S/2003/891)
09/16/2003 Vetoed 11-1 (US) with three abstentions (Britain, Germany and Bulgaria)
Seeks to bar Israel from extending security wall. (S/2003/980)
10/14/2003 Vetoed 10-1 with four absentations (Britain,
Germany, Bulgaria and Cameroon)
Condemns Israel for killing Ahmed Yassin. (S/2004/240)
03/25/2004 Vetoed 11-1 (US) with three absentations (Britain, Germany, Romania)
Calls For Israel To Halt Gaza Operation. (S/2004/783)
10/05/2004 Vetoed 11-1 (US) with three absentations (Britain, Germany, Romania)
On the demand for the unconditional release of an Israeli soldier captured earlier as well as Israel’s immediate withdrawal from Gaza and the release of dozens of Palestinian officials detained by Israel. (S/2006/508)
07/13/2006 Vetoed 10-1
(US) with four absentations (Britain, Peru, Denmark and Slovakia)
On the Israeli military operations in Gaza, the Palestinian rocket fire into Israel, the call for immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip and a cessation of violence from both parties in the conflict. (S/2006/878)
11/10/2006 Vetoed 10-1
(US) with four absentations (Britain, Denmark, Japan and Slovakia)
Condemns all Israeli settlements established since 1967 as illegal and calls for an immediate halt to all settlement building. (S/2011/24)
02/18/2011 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
General Assembly recognition of Palestine as Non-Member State. (A/67/L.28)
11/29/2012 138 in favor – 9 against (US and Israel), 41 abstentions


Source: UN Documents

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2 thoughts on “U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel: 1972 – Present

  1. The Palestinians aren’t even talking about their entire homeland and stolen homes from where they were driven out. They are content with setting up their ‘state’ on the tiny, splintered piece of land that they find themselves locked in today. But even this is not acceptable to the thugs who have stolen their country. But then the Israeli intransigence doesn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. It’s typical and characteristic of the Zionist regime.

    1. You may find this amusing: Syria unrest: Western anger at UN vetoes [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15181794]

      US envoy to the UN, Susan Rice, said Washington was “outraged” by the vote. It called it a “cheap ruse by those who would rather sell arms to the Syrian regime than stand with the Syrian people”

      Now let’s put this into perspective on the Israel-Palestinian UN vetoes by the Unites States:

      The world is “outraged” by the US votes on middle east peace resolutions. It’s a “cheap ruse by those who would rather sell arms to the Israeli regime than stand with the Palestinian people.

      See how that works?

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