May 20, 2024 12:56 am
Israel reacts angrily as UN resolution on Middle East truce passes for the first time

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan. This is the first time such a resolution has been approved since the conflict began in 2007. The US abstained from vetoing the resolution, which was seen as a significant development by many.

The US explained that its decision not to veto the resolution did not represent a change in policy but was due to the lack of condemnation of Hamas in the text. Israel reacted strongly to the news, stating that it harms both the war effort and hostage release negotiations. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant emphasized during an official visit to Washington that Israel feels a moral obligation to continue fighting as long as there are hostages detained in Gaza. He warned that a lack of decisive victory could lead to further conflicts in the region.

Hamas welcomed the UN resolution and reiterated its call for a permanent ceasefire leading to the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. The group expressed willingness to engage in a process leading to the release of prisoners on both sides. The UN Secretary-General emphasized the importance of implementing the resolution, stating that failure to do so would be unforgivable. He also condemned Israel’s stop on aid delivery to the north of the Strip, which has been ongoing for years now.

The approval of this resolution signifies a milestone in efforts towards peace and stability in Gaza and marks a significant step towards ending one of Israel’s longest-running conflicts with Palestine.

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