Israel rejects UN Security Council resolution calling for urgent pauses in Gaza war

UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted its first resolution since the outbreak of the war in Gaza, calling for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses” to curtail the tragic respercussions of the conflict on Palestinian civilians as a result of Israel’s ongoing air and ground attacks in the enclave.

Israel immediately rejected the resolution, which reflects global pressure for a halt to its attacks in Gaza but is unlikely, at least for the time being, to have any practical impact.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan issued a statement saying the resolution “is disconnected from reality and is meaningless.”

He criticised the council’s failure to condemn Hamas, claiming the militants were deliberately allowing the humanitarian situation to deteriorate so the United Nations would pressure Israel to back off of Gaza.

“It will not happen,” Erdan said. “Israel will continue to act until Hamas is destroyed and the hostages are returned.”

The vote in the 15-member council was 12-0 with the United States, United Kingdom and Russia abstaining. The US and UK abstained because of the resolution’s failure to condemn Hamas’ surprise cross-border attacks into Israel on October 7, and Russia because of its failure to demand a humanitarian cease-fire, which Israel and the United States oppose.

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