A Turning Point in Gaza: UN Approves Ceasefire Resolution After Months of Conflict Between Israel and Hamas

Security Council Approves Historic Ceasefire Call in Gaza

After months of conflict between Israel and Hamas, the United Nations has finally approved a ceasefire resolution in the Palestinian territory. This decision marks a significant political shift, as it is the first time since the Gaza war began that the Security Council has called for a cessation of hostilities.

The resolution calls for an immediate end to hostilities and the release of hostages held by Hamas, which has been holding 254 Israelis captive since October 7. The proposal was made by the 10 non-permanent members of the council and was supported by four permanent members: Great Britain, France, China, and Russia. However, the United States abstained from voting on the resolution.

This move is seen as a major departure from previous US policy on Israel’s actions in Gaza. Previously, Washington had vetoed four similar initiatives aimed at bringing an end to the conflict. On this occasion, however, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken publicly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to launch an offensive in Rafah during Ramadan. He warned that such an action would isolate Israel and put its security at risk in the long term.

The decision to approve this resolution comes at a critical juncture in the conflict. The Israeli military was planning to enter Rafah next month during Ramadan, which is considered a sensitive period for Muslims. The Biden administration had previously urged Israel not to attack Rafah due to its religious significance for Muslims around the world.

However, disagreements between Tel Aviv and Washington about how to resolve the conflict have been ongoing since almost from the beginning of the war. The Biden administration had initially preferred a more selective offensive instead of Israel’s total war campaign that had poor results militarily so far. Hamas remains active with most of its infrastructure intact while humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza has damaged Israel’s image globally.

Despite warnings about possible repercussions, US President Joe Biden’s decision not to suspend military aid to Israel at any point has sparked criticism among some American politicians who believe it could harm his re-election chances among young people and Arab Americans who are crucial voters for him in November 5 elections

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