June 21, 2024

Breakthrough: UN Security Council Approves First Ceasefire Resolution in Gaza Since 2014

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Israel’s Response to the United Nations’ First Resolution on Middle East Truce

For the first time since the conflict in Gaza began, a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan has been approved by the UN Security Council. This was made possible when the United States decided not to veto it, marking a departure from its previous stance. The US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby explained that this abstention did not represent a change in policy but was instead a decision made due to the resolution’s lack of condemnation for Hamas. Despite this, the US still supports a ceasefire as part of a hostage agreement.

In response to the UN resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a mission to Washington that was meant to discuss alternatives to a ground operation in Rafah with the Biden administration. Netanyahu’s office expressed concern that the resolution would harm both the war effort and efforts to free hostages held by Hamas. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, currently on a visit to the US, stated that Israel does not have the moral right to stop the war while there are hostages in Gaza. He feared that failure to achieve decisive victory could escalate tensions in North and South Israel.

The American government expressed disappointment over Netanyahu’s decision but welcomed Hamas’ reiteration of their call for a permanent ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. They also emphasized their support for finding peaceful solutions through diplomatic means only. Earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had condemned Israel’s restriction of aid to northern Gaza, calling it totally unacceptable and urging Israel to respect human rights and international law in its actions towards Palestine.

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