Unprecedented Breakthrough: UN Security Council Calls for Immediate Ceasefire During Ramadan with US Abstention

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

For the first time in years, the UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan. 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 clarified that this abstention does not mean a change in policy, but rather 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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the UN resolution by canceling a planned mission to Washington that was meant to discuss alternatives to a ground operation in Rafah with the Biden administration. The Prime Minister’s office expressed concern that the resolution would harm both the war effort and attempts to free hostages held by Hamas. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who was 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, fearing that a lack of decisive victory could escalate tensions in the North.

The American government expressed disappointment over Netanyahu’s cancellation of his mission, while Hamas welcomed the UN resolution and reiterated its calls for a permanent ceasefire and Israeli forces withdrawal from Gaza. They also expressed their willingness to engage in talks leading to prisoner releases on both sides. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized how important it is for all parties involved in this conflict to implement this resolution and end their suffering once and for all. Earlier, Guterres had condemned Israel’s restriction of aid supplies into Gaza’s north region, stating it as unacceptable.

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