Unprecedented Ceasefire Called for During Ramadan as US Abstains from Vetoing UN Resolution

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

For the first time in years, the UN Security Council has approved a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan. This resolution was made possible when the United States abstained from vetoing it, marking a departure from its previous stance. The US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby clarified that this abstention does not signify 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.

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. The Prime Minister’s office expressed concern that the resolution would harm both the war effort and the attempt 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, fearing that a lack of decisive victory in Gaza could escalate tensions in the North.

The American government expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the Israeli mission in the US. Meanwhile, Hamas welcomed the UN resolution and reiterated calls for a permanent ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. They also expressed willingness to engage in a process leading to the release of prisoners on both sides. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized

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