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Breakthrough in Gaza Conflict as UN Calls for Ceasefire: Biden and Netanyahu at Odds over Peace.

Security Council Approves Historic Ceasefire Call in Gaza

Breakthrough in Gaza Conflict as UN Calls for Ceasefire: Biden and Netanyahu at Odds over Peace.

After months of conflict, the United Nations has finally approved a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Palestinian territory. This decision marks a significant political shift, as the Security Council has previously seen four similar initiatives vetoed by the United States. Washington has abstained from this decision, leaving behind its long-standing ally Israel and showing growing differences with the US government of Joe Biden.

The resolution calls for an end to hostilities and the release of hostages held by Hamas since October 7th, which Israel estimates at 254. Proposed by the 10 non-permanent members of the Council and supported by four permanent members – Great Britain, France, China, and Russia – with abstention from USA. The resolution comes at a critical time in the war, as Israeli forces prepare to enter Rafah during Ramadan, a particularly sensitive period for Muslims.

The US has repeatedly urged Israel not to attack Rafah, but disagreements between Tel Aviv and Washington about the war have persisted almost from the beginning. The Biden administration would have preferred a more selective offensive instead of Israel’s total war campaign that has so far yielded poor military results. Hamas remains active and its terrorist infrastructure network is largely intact while Gaza faces widespread famine due to both Israel’s decision to limit shipments of food and humanitarian aid and proliferation of armed gangs in north Gaza that fill power vacuum left by Hamas.

Despite these warnings, US military aid to Israel remains unchanged with even an increase in recent months which threatens Biden’s re-election chances among young people and Arab American minority who are crucial to his victory in November 5th election. On the other hand, The Republican Party fully supports Netanyahu’s position while Jared Kushner’s family friend who is also Netanyahu’s personal friend urges him to “finish off” Hamas in Gaza.

Netanyahu announced that he will not send delegation scheduled for Monday to discuss possible military offensive in Rafah as requested by US President Joe Biden after UN approved ceasefire resolution without conditions on releasing hostages kidnapped by Hamas. This move increases tension between Netanyahu and Biden administration who are now at their greatest distance since start of war six months ago

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