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Prime Minister and leader of the far-right coalition, Benjamin Netanyahu, canceled the visit of a delegation from the country to the United States after Washington abstained from a vote in the United Nations Security Council that approved an immediate ceasefire in the Strip. Gaza this Monday (25).

The stance adopted by the Americans paved the way for the resolution on the conflict in the enclave to be approved by the UN, more than five months after the start of the war.

The approved text was presented by the 10 non-permanent members of the Council. The resolution was adopted after receiving 14 votes in favor, none against and the United States abstaining. The text demands “an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan” (a sacred period for Muslims that began on the 10th) and the “immediate and unconditional release of all hostages”.

The United States holds one of the five permanent seats with veto power on the Security Council. Since October, the White House has blocked three resolutions that called for a ceasefire, including one from Itamaraty.

A statement released by Kann, Israel’s state broadcaster, says that “the US has backed away from its consistent position in the Security Council linking a ceasefire to the release of hostages.” The Israeli government still claims that the decision harms its offensive against Hamas.

At a press conference, White House spokesman John Kirby stated that the American government was “disappointed” with the Israeli decision.

The meeting, requested by US President Joe Biden, would take place with Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, Ron Dermer, and the head of the Israeli National Security Council, Tzachi Hanegbi, and would address “viable alternatives” for a ground offensive in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza that borders Egypt.

“We have been clear and consistent in our support for a ceasefire as part of a hostage agreement. That’s how the hostage agreement is structured,” Kirby said.

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