Joe Biden criticized from all sides over UN ceasefire resolution in Gaza

United Nations Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza During Ramadan, but Netanyahu Slams US for Deviating from Previous Stance

The United Nations Security Council recently passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan and the unconditional release of all abductees. The decision was supported by 14 countries, with the United States abstaining from voting and refraining from using its veto power.

In response to the Security Council’s decision, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the United States for deviating from its previous stance linking a ceasefire to the release of hostages. Netanyahu did not inform President Biden of the delegation’s cancellation, stating that he would cancel their trip to Washington if the US did not veto a ceasefire resolution that included the release of hostages.

White House spokesman John Kirby clarified that the lack of a US veto on the resolution did not signal a shift in policy. He emphasized the importance of tying a ceasefire to the release of hostages but explained that the decision to abstain from vetoing was made to facilitate progress on the hostage deal and aid delivery to Gaza. Defense Minister Gallant was scheduled to meet with National Security Adviser Sullivan at the White House to discuss plans for the operation in Rafah and ongoing efforts to secure hostage releases.

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