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Diplomatic Strain: Israel's Abrupt Cancellation of US Visit Post UN Cease-Fire Vote

Diplomatic Strain: Israel's Abrupt Cancellation of US Visit Post UN Cease-Fire Vote
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Israel has abruptly canceled a scheduled diplomatic visit to the United States. This decision comes on the heels of a United Nations vote demanding a cease-fire in the ongoing Gaza conflict—a vote where the US notably refrained from using its veto power.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant was slated to visit Washington to discuss concerns over Israel’s potential ground operation in Rafah. However, the visit was called off after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Monday calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.

The resolution, which was drafted in part by Algeria, the Arab bloc's current member on the Security Council, was met with applause in the chamber, reflecting a strong desire for peace in the region. Yet, the US abstention has signaled a growing divergence with its ally Israel over the offensive in Gaza.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his disappointment, viewing the US abstention as a retreat from its principled position. Meanwhile, the White House has clarified that the abstention does not represent a policy shift but was due to the resolution lacking language deemed essential by the US.

The cancellation of the diplomatic visit is indicative of the strained relations between the two nations and raises questions about the future of their alliance.