Breaking the Cycle: UN Calls for Gaza Ceasefire Amid Growing Disputes between Israel and Biden Administration

The First-Ever Ceasefire Call in Gaza Approved by Security Council

For the first time since the war broke out after Hamas attacks on October 7, the United Nations has approved a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The decision is politically significant as previous similar initiatives had been vetoed by the United States. In this instance, the US abstained, highlighting growing differences between the Biden administration and Israel under Netanyahu.

The resolution calls for an end to hostilities and the release of hostages held by Hamas since October 7, totaling 254 individuals. It was proposed by non-permanent members of the Council and supported by four permanent members, with the US abstaining. The timing is crucial, with Israeli Armed Forces on the brink of entering Rafah during Ramadan.

Disagreements between Washington and Tel Aviv have been ongoing since the start of the war. The Biden administration preferred a more targeted offensive, while Israel pursued a total war campaign that has yielded poor military results. The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, with significant civilian casualties and widespread famine.

Despite warnings from international leaders, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who called for an immediate ceasefire to avoid further loss of life and suffering in Gaza, Netanyahu’s government continues to pursue military actions against Hamas. This position puts pressure on Biden as he tries to maintain his re-election chances while balancing his relationship with Israel.

The Republican Party supports Netanyahu’s hardline stance on Palestine, which puts pressure on Biden to take a tougher stance against Hamas or risk losing support from key voters in swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania. However, there are concerns among some Jewish Americans that Netanyahu’s stance could lead to further conflict and damage relations with Israel’s main ally in Washington.

Several Israeli leaders support continuing military actions against Hamas and securing hostages’ release through negotiations or forceful means such as kidnapping or assassination attempts against Hamas officials or their families. This position is controversial among many Israelis who believe that peace negotiations should be prioritized over military actions to achieve lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

In conclusion, despite disagreements between Washington and Tel Aviv over how best to address ongoing conflicts in Gaza, international pressure mounts for both sides to come together for negotiations aimed at achieving lasting peace agreements that benefit both sides equally.

Sophia Reynolds

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