June 21, 2024

Breakthrough in Gaza: UN Calls for Immediate Ceasefire During Ramadan and Hostage Release Amid US Abstention

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Joe Biden criticized from all sides over UN ceasefire resolution in Gaza

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan and the unconditional release of all abductees. The decision was supported by 14 countries, with the United States abstaining from voting and refraining from using its veto power. Prior to the vote on the resolution, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to cancel his delegation’s trip to Washington if the US did not veto a ceasefire resolution that included hostage release. However, Netanyahu did not inform President Biden of this cancellation.

In response to the Security Council’s decision, Netanyahu criticized the US for deviating from its previous stance linking a ceasefire to hostage release. White House spokesman John Kirby clarified that the lack of a US veto on the resolution did not indicate a shift in policy and emphasized that tying a ceasefire to hostage release is essential. Despite this, Defense Minister Gallant is scheduled to meet with National Security Adviser Sullivan at the White House to discuss plans for the operation in Rafah and ongoing efforts to secure hostages’ release.

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