Breakthrough: UN Security Council Approves Ramadan Ceasefire Resolution Amidst Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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

For the first time since the conflict in Gaza began, a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan has been approved by the UN Security Council. This was made possible when the United States abstained from vetoing it, 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. 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 Washington. Meanwhile, Hamas welcomed

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