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A Turning Point for Gaza: The Security Council’s Call for Ceasefire and Abductee Release

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

A Turning Point for Gaza: The Security Council’s Call for Ceasefire and Abductee Release

The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution urging 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. The Security Council emphasized the urgent need for increased aid to Gaza and called for the removal of any obstacles hindering its transfer.

The vote on the resolution came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israel’s delegation that he would cancel their trip to Washington if the US did not veto a ceasefire resolution that did not include the release of hostages. Netanyahu did not inform President Biden of the delegation’s cancellation, leading to tensions between Israel and the US. In response, Netanyahu criticized the United States for deviating from its previous stance linking a ceasefire to the release of abductees, highlighting a perceived inconsistency in US policy.

White House spokesman John Kirby clarified that the lack of a US veto on the resolution did not signal a shift in policy. He emphasized the importance of tying a ceasefire to the release of hostages but explained that the decision to abstain from vetoing was made to facilitate progress on the hostage deal and aid delivery to Gaza. Defense Minister Gallant was scheduled to meet with National Security Adviser Sullivan at the White House to discuss plans for Operation Rafah and ongoing efforts to secure hostages’ release.

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