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“Israel’s” Netanyahu to Cancel Visit to Washington Over US Decision to Abstain from UN Ceasefire Resolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled his upcoming diplomatic trip to Washington after the US abstained from vetoing the United Nations resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza during the month of Ramadan.

“In light of the change in the American position, Prime Minister Netanyahu decided the delegation would not leave,” his office said after the vote, calling the decision a “clear retreat” from its previous stance.

The UN Security Council voted in favor of a resolution, which demands an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the month of Ramadan and the release of all Israeli hostages held by the Palestinian Resistance but visibly failed to demand for the release of more than 7000 prisoners held in Israeli prisoners. 

However, the ceasefire may only last for two weeks since it is only conditioned to the month of Ramadan which is ending in two weeks.

‘If the US does not veto a resolution for a ceasefire that is not conditional on the release of hostages – I will cancel the delegation’s departure to Washington,’ said Netanyahu earlier, according to Israeli media sources.

Washington has vetoed earlier resolutions for a ceasefire three times despite the skyrocketing death toll in Gaza.

International pressure is on the rise with millions demanding for the end of the Israeli regime’s ongoing onslaught in Gaza that has now killed over 32,000 people, mostly women and children since Oct. 7, 2023.

White House National Security Spokesman John Kirby said that Netanyahu’s decision to cancel the planned trip was “very disappointing.”

“The reason we abstained is because this resolution text did not condemn Ha.mas and we really believe that Ha.mas should be condemned for what they did on the seventh of October,” Kirby said.

The US-backed Israeli war on Gaza has now destroyed more than 65% of Gaza’s infrastructure and has displaced over 90% of its 2.2 million people all while imposing a crippling blockade of food, humanitarian and medical aid, resulting in all of Gaza’s population facing rising levels of hunger.

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