UN Urges Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan and Unconditional Release of Abductees: A Closer Look at the Politics Behind It

Joe Biden criticized from all sides over UN ceasefire resolution in Gaza

The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution urging for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan and the unconditional release of all abductees. The decision was supported by 14 countries, with the United States abstaining from voting and refraining from using its veto power.

In response to the Security Council’s decision, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the United States for deviating from its previous stance linking a ceasefire to the release of abductees, highlighting a perceived inconsistency in US policy. However, White House spokesman John Kirby clarified that the lack of a US veto on the resolution did not signal a shift in policy. He emphasized the importance of tying a ceasefire to the release of hostages but explained that the decision to abstain from vetoing was made to facilitate progress on the hostage deal and aid delivery to Gaza.

Ahead of the vote on the resolution, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned Israel’s delegation that he would cancel their trip to Washington if President Biden did not support his position on a ceasefire resolution that included hostage release. However, Netanyahu did not inform Biden about this cancellation plan beforehand.

Defense Minister Gallant was scheduled to meet with National Security Adviser Sullivan at the White House to discuss plans for Operation Rafah and ongoing efforts to secure hostage releases.

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