A New Dawn for Peace: The UN Approves Ceasefire Resolution During Ramadan and Israel Cancels Washington Visit

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

For the first time in years, the UN Security Council has approved a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan. This historic decision was made possible when the United States abstained from vetoing it, marking a departure from its previous stance. According to John Kirby, National Security Council spokesperson for the US, this abstention does not represent a change in policy but rather a decision made due to the lack of condemnation for Hamas in the resolution. Despite this, the US still supports a ceasefire as part of a hostage agreement.

The Israeli government responded negatively to the UN resolution by canceling a planned visit to Washington that was intended 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 efforts to free hostages held by Hamas. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, currently visiting the US, stated that Israel does not have the moral right to stop fighting while there are still hostages held in Gaza, fearing that failure to achieve decisive victory could escalate tensions in Israel’s north.

The American government expressed disappointment over Israel’s cancellation of their mission and emphasized their support for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan. In response, Hamas welcomed the UN resolution and reiterated their calls for a permanent ceasefire and Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Additionally, they expressed willingness to engage in talks leading to prisoner releases on both sides. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized his support for implementing this resolution and condemned Israel’s restriction of aid to Palestine as “totally unacceptable” earlier in August.

This historic moment presents an opportunity for peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, which have been ongoing since 2007. However, it remains uncertain if both sides are ready or willing to make compromises necessary for lasting peace.

In conclusion, this new development marks a significant shift away from previous policy decisions by both Israel and America towards finding a peaceful solution through diplomacy rather than military intervention.

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