Resolution for an immediate ceasefire in Gauze approved it UN Security Councilwith the USA to significantly change their stance, as they avoided vetoing the decision, however abstaining.

Immediately after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled the diplomats’ trip to Washington, expressing his strong displeasure. Israel’s military radio network broadcast shortly before the Council meeting that the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would cancel a planned mission to Washington if the US did not veto the resolution.

In the same resolution, the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages still held by Hamas.

The Security Council had been deadlocked since the war began Octoberfailing to agree to a ceasefire.

The US move officially marks the growing divergence between Washington and Tel Aviv over Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

Washington criticized it Israel on the death toll in Gaza, where more than 32,000 people – mostly women and children – have been killed by the bombing.

The US has also pressed Israel to do more to deliver aid to Gaza, and hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of starvation.

“For five months now, the Palestinian people have been suffering horribly. This bloodbath continued for a very long time. It is our duty to put an end to it. In the end, the Security Council assumes its responsibilities,” said Algerian Ambassador Amar Benjama, even if the Council’s binding resolutions are often flouted by the states they concern.

On Friday, Russia and China vetoed a US draft resolution that underlined the “need” for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza in connection with negotiations to free hostages held since the bloody attack. of Hamas on October 7 on Israeli soil.

Some observers had seen a major development in the position of Washington, which is under pressure to reduce its support for Israel, at a time when Israeli military operations have killed more than 32,000 people in Gaza, according to the Hamas health ministry. .

Until then, the US had systematically opposed the term “ceasefire” in UN resolutions, having blocked three texts to that effect.

But the rejected US text did not exactly call for an immediate ceasefire, using wording deemed ambiguous by Arab countries, China and Russia, which denounced US “hypocritical spectacle”.

The resolution adopted today is the work of the non-permanent members of the Council, who negotiated all weekend with the US in an attempt to avoid another setback, diplomatic sources said.

Elsewhere, the resolution calls for the “removal of all obstacles” to humanitarian aid.

“US support for these goals is not just rhetoric. We are working tirelessly to make them a reality on the ground through diplomacy because we know that only through diplomacy can we advance this agenda,” said US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

“A ceasefire can begin immediately with the release of the first hostage, and therefore we must put pressure on Hamas to do just that,” he added.

The Council, deeply divided on the Israeli-Palestinian issue for years, had so far only managed to adopt since October 7 on this issue only two resolutions (out of the eight that had been put to a vote), mainly of a humanitarian nature. No significant results: after five and a half months of war, aid inflows into besieged Gaza remain largely inadequate and famine looms.

The new resolution also condemns “all acts of terrorism”, but without mentioning the October 7 attacks by Hamas, which killed at least 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official figures Israel.

Greenfield said the US abstained from the vote because it did not agree with everything in the text and the resolution did not contain a condemnation of Hamas.