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New Hope for Peace: UN Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza During Ramadan, While Israel Holds Out

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 26, 2024
Israel’s Response to the United Nations’ First Resolution on Middle East Truce

For the first time in over a decade, the UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan in Gaza. This historic move was made possible when the United States abstained from vetoing it, marking a departure from its previous stance. The US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby clarified that this abstention did not represent a change in policy but was instead a decision made due to the resolution’s lack of condemnation for 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 scheduled visit to Washington that was intended 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, currently on a trip 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 could escalate tensions in the North.

The American government expressed disappointment over Netanyahu’s cancellation of his mission in Washington. Meanwhile, Hamas welcomed the UN resolution and reiterated calls for a permanent ceasefire and Israeli forces’ withdrawal from Gaza. They also expressed their willingness to engage in talks leading to prisoner releases on both sides. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized the importance of implementing this resolution, calling failure unforgivable. Earlier, he had condemned Israel’s restrictions on aid supplies to Gaza’s north strip, calling it totally unacceptable.

By Samantha Johnson

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