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The United Nations has approved a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza for the first time since the war broke out after the Hamas attacks on October 7. This decision is politically significant as previous similar initiatives had been vetoed by the United States. In this instance, the US abstained, highlighting the growing differences between the Biden administration and Israel under Netanyahu.

The resolution calls for an end to hostilities and the release of hostages held by Hamas since October 7, totaling 254 individuals. It was proposed by non-permanent members of the Council and supported by four permanent members, with the US abstaining. The timing is crucial, with the Israeli Armed Forces on the brink of entering the city of Rafah during the month of Ramadan.

Disagreements between Washington and Tel Aviv have been ongoing since the start of the war. The Biden administration preferred a more targeted offensive, while Israel pursued a total war campaign that has yielded poor military results. The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, with significant civilian casualties and widespread famine.

Despite warnings, Israel has not suspended military aid from its ally, which could impact Biden’s re-election chances. The Republican Party supports Netanyahu’s hardline stance, putting pressure on Biden to maintain their relationship despite their differences in opinion. Netanyahu criticized

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