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Why the US decided to give Gaza peace a chance

Why the US decided to give Gaza peace a chance

Washington had a difficult position in the UN Security Council because of its traditional ally

In a historic move, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reached a breakthrough on Monday adoption of a binding resolution aimed at ensuring a “A Permanent, Sustainable Ceasefire” in Gaza and advocates the release of all hostages held by Hamas since last October’s attacks on Israel.

This major step forward in international diplomacy signals a potential turnaround in the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict and offers a glimmer of hope for peace in a region long plagued by violence and strife.

The UN Security Council’s decision comes after several failed attempts to broker a ceasefire. It highlights the growing global consensus on the urgent need to address the root causes of the conflict and pave the way for a peaceful settlement. The resolution, which was adopted with the overwhelming support of the international community, reflects a shared commitment to uphold international law and promote stability in the region.

The US, traditionally a staunch ally of Israel, notably refrained from vetoing the resolution this time, signaling a shift in its approach and a willingness to engage constructively in multilateral efforts to end the violence – although it said it would does not represent a change in policy. This decision reflects recognition of the need for a balanced approach that takes into account the legitimate concerns and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.

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As the UN Security Council resolution is now enshrined as international law, its provisions bind all UN member states and provide a clear mandate for coordinated action to realize its goals. This presents a unique opportunity for diplomatic initiatives and coordinated efforts to de-escalate tensions, restore confidence and create the conditions necessary for lasting peace and stability in the region.

However, despite the optimism surrounding the UN Security Council resolution, significant challenges remain on the road to peace. The Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he promised to perform the operations in Rafah, a densely populated area where millions of displaced Palestinians now live. This escalation risks further exacerbating tensions and undermining efforts to reach a ceasefire and pave the way for meaningful negotiations.

In addition, Israel’s position as a key strategic ally of the United States presents a dilemma for Washington, which has long steadfastly supported Israel’s security and sovereignty. While the US remains committed to its alliance with Israel, the changing geopolitical environment and evolving strategic priorities have complicated its stance on the conflict.

The Biden administration faces pressure from both homemade and international stakeholders balance its support for Israel with a commitment to upholding international law and promoting peace in the Middle East. Should the US allow Israel to destroy the last remaining Palestinian hold in Gaza, Biden will almost certainly lose the 2024 presidential election to Donald Trump. In addition, relations with Muslim countries would be irreparably damaged, and it would also endanger US military personnel in the region.

The prospect of all-out war looms large, with Israel’s military capabilities and the wider ramifications of its actions raising fears of a possible regional conflict. The possibility of an invasion by neighboring Arab states adds another layer of complexity to an already volatile situation and highlights the need for a coordinated diplomatic effort to prevent further escalation and find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

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Furthermore, the nuclear ambiguity of Israel and the so-called Samson Option, its rumored unofficial retaliatory policy raises serious questions about whether conflict spillovers triggered by the state’s potential ground operation in Rafah could trigger an international thermonuclear war. The situation in the Middle East thus represents a major threat to international security, which underlines why major countries such as Russia, China and Brazil have adamantly insisted on a ceasefire.

Despite these challenges, there are reasons for cautious optimism. The UN Security Council resolution represents a significant step forward in international efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and provides a framework for meaningful dialogue and engagement. Based on this momentum and a redoubled effort to promote reconciliation and mutual understanding, there is hope for a better future for the people of Gaza and the wider Middle East.

While the road to peace remains long and arduous, the UN Security Council resolution offers a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak landscape. By seizing this opportunity and cooperating in good faith, the international community can help pave the way for a just and lasting peace in the region. Now is the time for bold leadership, unwavering determination and a shared vision of a future defined by cooperation, coexistence and prosperity for all.

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