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US-Israel Tensions Escalate Following UN Cease-Fire Demand in Gaza

US-Israel Tensions Escalate Following UN Cease-Fire Demand in Gaza
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In an unprecedented move that marks the most significant rift between the United States and Israel since the onset of the Gaza conflict, the US abstained from a United Nations Security Council vote demanding a cease-fire. This abstention allowed the resolution to pass, signaling a potential shift in US policy and provoking a strong response from Israeli officials.

The resolution, which calls for an immediate halt to hostilities in Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was met with a mix of hope and controversy. While it aims to bring respite to the region, the US’s decision not to veto has angered Israel, leading to the cancellation of a high-level delegation visit to Washington. This marks a stark departure from the US’s historical stance of unwavering support for Israel’s military actions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed disappointment with the US’s abstention, accusing the country of retreating from its principled position. The US, however, defended its decision, stating that the resolution did not adequately condemn the actions of Hamas, and emphasized the need for the release of hostages to be part of the cease-fire agreement.

The Security Council’s vote was nearly unanimous, with 14 members in favor and the US abstaining. The chamber erupted in applause following the decision, reflecting the international community’s desire for peace. However, the resolution’s effectiveness remains in question as tensions continue to rise.