Biden Breaks with Netanyahu on Gaza Ceasefire: A New Direction for U.S.-Israel Relations?

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

The UN Security Council has recently 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.

In response to the Security Council’s decision, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the United States for deviating from its previous stance linking a ceasefire to the release of abductees. White House spokesman John Kirby clarified that the lack of a US veto on the resolution did not signal a shift in policy, but rather an effort to facilitate progress on hostage negotiations and aid delivery to Gaza.

Before the vote on the resolution, Netanyahu had warned Israeli delegation that he would cancel their trip to Washington if the US did not veto a ceasefire resolution that included hostage releases. However, Netanyahu did not inform President Biden of this cancellation. Defense Minister Gallant is scheduled to meet with National Security Adviser Sullivan at the White House to discuss plans for Operation Rafah and ongoing efforts to secure hostage releases.

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