Breakthrough in Gaza Peace Talks: UN Calls for Immediate Ceasefire During Ramadan as US Abstains from Vetoing Resolution

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

Breakthrough in Gaza Peace Talks: UN Calls for Immediate Ceasefire During Ramadan as US Abstains from Vetoing Resolution

After years of conflict in Gaza, the United Nations Security Council has finally passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan. This historic move was possible due to the US’s decision to abstain from vetoing it, marking a departure from its previous stance. According to John Kirby, spokesperson for the US National Security Council, this abstention does not signify a change in policy but was made because the resolution did not condemn 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 planned visit to Washington that was supposed to discuss alternatives to a ground operation in Rafah with the Biden administration. Netanyahu’s office expressed concern that the resolution would harm both the war effort and efforts to free hostages held by Hamas. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who was currently on a trip to the US, echoed these sentiments and said that Israel does not have the moral right to stop fighting while there are still hostages in Gaza. He feared that without decisive victory in Gaza, tensions could escalate further in the North.

The American government expressed disappointment over Netanyahu’s decision to cancel his visit to Washington. Meanwhile, Hamas welcomed the UN resolution and called for a permanent ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. They also expressed their willingness to engage in negotiations leading up to releasing prisoners on both sides. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized that it is crucial for all parties involved to implement this resolution and stated that failure to do so is unforgivable. Earlier, Guterres had condemned Israel’s restriction of aid supplies to northern Gaza Strip as totally unacceptable.

The approval of this resolution marks a significant development in efforts towards peace and stability in Gaza after years of violence and humanitarian crisis. It remains hopeful that all parties will work together towards achieving lasting peace and security in the region.

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