Israel-Hamas Conflict: Unraveling the Fallout of the UN’s Gaza Ceasefire Resolution


  Israel’s refusal of a proposed Gaza ceasefire agreement, as per Hamas’s rejection, highlights the “fallout” from the UN Security Council’s resolution demanding an immediate halt to hostilities.

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel would not capitulate to what it termed the Palestinian militant group’s “unrealistic expectations”.

These encompass a cessation of hostilities and the total withdrawal of Israeli troops.

The US labelled the Israeli proclamation “erroneous in nearly all aspects”.

A spokesperson for the State Department insisted that Hamas’s rebuttal had been formulated prior to the Security Council’s vote on Monday.

In the meantime, the Israeli military confirmed that Marwan Issa, the deputy chief of Hamas’s military division, was eliminated in a strike on a subterranean network beneath the Nuseirat refugee camp approximately two weeks ago.

“We have verified all the intelligence,” spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari stated. “Marwan Issa was taken out in the strike.”

Hamas political representative Izzat al-Rishq expressed “no trust” in the Israeli assertion and stated that the group’s military command would have the “ultimate decision”.

Rear Admiral Hagari characterized Issa as the organization’s “third in command” and “one of the orchestrators” of Hamas’s assaults on southern Israel on October 7, when roughly 1,200 individuals were killed and another 253 were taken captive.

Since then, over 32,400 individuals have lost their lives in Gaza, including 81 in the last 24 hours, as per the health ministry run by Hamas.

Israel responded with outrage after the UN Security Council, for the first time, adopted a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict following months of impasse over the matter.

Fourteen council members, including the UK, endorsed the text, which also called for the unconditional release of all remaining captives and a swift expansion of humanitarian aid deliveries.

The US - Israel’s closest ally and military backer - criticized the resolution for not condemning Hamas for the October 7 attacks.

However, in a display of its growing exasperation at Israel’s conduct of the war, the US abstained, stating it fully backed the key objectives.

In protest, Israel cancelled a scheduled visit by an Israeli delegation to Washington to discuss its planned ground offensive in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million people have sought refuge. The US has cautioned that a full-scale assault could trigger a humanitarian disaster.

Subsequently, Hamas issued a statement rejecting the latest truce proposal put forward by mediators from the US, Qatar, and Egypt at indirect talks in Doha.

The group stated it was adhering to its initial demands for “a lasting ceasefire that would lead to a full withdrawal” of Israeli forces from Gaza and the repatriation of displaced Palestinians to their homes.

On Tuesday morning, the Israeli prime minister’s office stated that Hamas’s position “clearly demonstrates its complete lack of interest in a negotiated agreement and attests to the fallout from the UN Security Council’s resolution”.

“Israel will not entertain Hamas’s unrealistic expectations,” it added. “Israel will pursue and achieve its legitimate war objectives: Dismantling Hamas’s military and governmental capabilities, release of all the captives, and ensuring Gaza will not pose a threat to the people of Israel in the future.”

The UK was one of 14 nations who voted in favour of the Security Council resolution, while the US abstained.

However, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller dismissed the criticism.

“That statement is erroneous in nearly all aspects and it is unjust to the captives and their families,” he stated.

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