Breaking Barriers: The First Ceasefire Resolution in Gaza Since 2014 and the Differences Between the US and Israel

Security Council Approves Historic Ceasefire Call in Gaza

The United Nations has approved a ceasefire resolution in the Palestinian territory for the first time since the Gaza war began following Hamas attacks in October 2020. This is a significant political decision as it marks the fourth time that the Security Council has seen a similar initiative vetoed by the United States. However, this time, Washington has abstained, which means putting on record growing differences between the US government of Joe Biden and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu.

The resolution calls for an end to hostilities and the release of hostages held by Hamas since October 7, 2020, which includes 254 Israelis. It was proposed by the 10 non-permanent members of the Council and supported by four permanent members – Great Britain, France, China, and Russia – with no support from the US.

Disagreements between Tel Aviv and Washington about the war have been ongoing almost from its beginning. While Biden’s administration would prefer a more selective offensive instead of Israel’s total war campaign that has resulted in poor military results so far, Hamas remains active with most of its terrorist infrastructure intact. The humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza has also damaged Israel’s image significantly.

On October 7th, over 1,200 Israelis died in attacks by Hamas, including two-thirds who were civilians. On the other hand, Israel’s offensive caused over 32,000 Palestinian deaths, including more than 20,000 civilians. Gaza now faces widespread famine due to Israeli restrictions on food shipments and proliferation of armed gangs in northern Palestine that have filled power vacuums left behind by Hamas.

While some leaders in both governments and opposition support continuing military operations until “we finish off Hamas” and free kidnapped people,” others condemn Netanyahu for canceling a delegation to discuss possible military actions with Biden amid rising tensions with Hamas’ main ally.

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