Breakthrough: UN Approves Ceasefire Resolution in Gaza, Marking a Significant Political Milestone and Revealing Growing Divide between Biden and Netanyahu

Security Council Approves Historic Ceasefire Call in Gaza

For the first time since the Gaza war began after Hamas attacks in October, the United Nations has approved a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Palestinian territory. This decision marks a significant political milestone, as it is the first time that the Security Council has seen four similar initiatives vetoed by the United States. On this occasion, Washington abstained, marking a growing divide between President Joe Biden’s administration and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The resolution calls for an end to hostilities and the release of hostages held by Hamas since October 7, and was proposed by the 10 non-permanent members of the Council. It was supported by four permanent members – Great Britain, France, China and Russia – with an abstention from the US. This comes at a crucial moment in the war, as Israeli forces are preparing to enter Rafah city during Ramadan, a particularly sensitive period for Muslims.

The United States has repeatedly urged Israel not to attack Rafah, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken declaring last week that such an attack “risks isolating Israel in the world and endangering its security in the long term.” However, disagreements between Tel Aviv and Washington about how to handle the conflict have been ongoing almost from the beginning of the war. The Biden administration would prefer a more selective offensive instead of Israel’s total war campaign, which has so far yielded poor military results.

Gaza faces widespread famine due in part to Israel’s decision to limit shipments of food and humanitarian aid and proliferation of armed gangs in northern region that fill power vacuum left by Hamas. Despite these warnings, Biden’s administration has not suspended military aid to Israel at any time. In fact, it has increased it. This move threatens Biden’s re-election chances as it limits his popularity among young people and Arab American minority who are essential for him to win in November 5 elections.

Netanyahu reacted to this development by canceling a delegation scheduled to leave for Washington on Monday to discuss possible military offensive in Rafah as requested by US President Joe Biden

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