The First-Ever Ceasefire Call in Gaza Approved by Security Council

The UN Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza: Amidst Dispute, Biden Abstains from Vote, Leaving Tensions Simmering Between the US and Israel

For the first time since the war began in Gaza following Hamas attacks on October 7, the United Nations has approved a resolution calling for a ceasefire. This politically significant decision was supported by four permanent members of the council, with the US abstaining. The resolution calls for an end to hostilities and the release of hostages held by Hamas since October 7, totaling 254 individuals.

Disagreements between Washington and Tel Aviv have been ongoing since the start of the war. The Biden administration preferred a more targeted offensive, while Israel pursued a total war campaign that has yielded poor military results. The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, with significant civilian casualties and widespread famine.

Despite warnings, the US has not suspended military aid to Israel and has even increased it, which could impact Biden’s re-election chances. The Republican Party supports Netanyahu’s hardline stance, putting pressure on Biden. Netanyahu criticized the US decision to abstain in the UN resolution, leading to tensions between the two allies.

Several Israeli leaders support continuing the offensive against Hamas and securing the release of hostages. Netanyahu’s cancellation of a delegation to Washington and his criticism of the US position indicate a deepening divide between the two countries. The situation remains tense as the conflict in Gaza persists and international pressure mounts.

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