Attempt to salvage a common position on Israel after US team tries to delay, citing bad timing

The UN security council will meet in open session on Sunday to attempt to salvage a common position on the new conflict between Israel and Hamas after a week in which the US has faced isolation in its efforts to defend its Israeli ally.

The US mission has blocked a consensus council statement and took advantage of special rules in force during the Covid pandemic to put off the open meeting. Other council members wanted the session on Friday. The Americans had proposed Tuesday but were ultimately pressured into accepting a weekend meeting.

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