Netanyahu cancels trip to the USA due to UN resolution on Gaza

Israel rejects the delegation's trip to the USA following the UN ceasefire resolution in Gaza, active military operations are underway

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu / U.S. Embassy Jerusalem, CC BY 2.0 DEED

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has decided not to send the Israeli delegation to the United States.

This decision was made against the backdrop of the UN Security Council's support for a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip during Ramadan.

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Interestingly, the United States abstained from voting on this issue, not using its veto right as Netanyahu had warned.

He claimed that in the absence of a veto from the USA, he would not send his delegation to the country, led by the Minister of Strategic Affairs, Ron Dermer.

This decision was commented on by White House advisor John Kirby, who expressed disappointment and emphasized that the USA still hopes to achieve peace through a hostage exchange.

US officials have spoken out about the situation: the US Permanent Representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, pointed out the absence of condemnation of Hamas's actions in the resolution and emphasized that the resolution does not have legal force.

The operation in Gaza continues

In the meantime, the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) reported ongoing military actions against Hamas, especially in the city of Khan Yunis and around the "Al-Amal" and "Nasser" hospitals, where significant enemy forces were destroyed.

During operations in Gaza City, at the "Al-Shifa" hospital, the military found weapons and eliminated Hamas fighters masquerading as medical personnel.

The "Maglan" and "Egoz" special forces units continue operations against Hamas, using precise intelligence on the misuse of civilian infrastructure for military purposes.

In the context of combating arms smuggling to the West Bank, the IDF and Shin Bet stopped an attempt by Iran to smuggle weapons into the region, including rockets and explosives.

Since the start of military actions in Gaza, more than 18.5 thousand trucks with aid have been delivered, despite cases of looting.

Negotiations on the exchange of hostages

The discussion of a possible exchange of Palestinian prisoners for Israeli hostages continues, despite Hamas's previous rejection of exchange offers and accusations against the USA of sabotaging negotiations.

Husam Badran from Hamas condemned the US role in negotiations and accused Netanyahu of deceiving the hostages' families, highlighting the lack of interest in reaching a deal.

The Hamas attack on October 7, 2023, led to significant casualties on both sides: more than 1,200 people died in Israel, and 32,333 people in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian health services.

Israel continues its military operations in response to the attack, actively using information on Hamas's misuse of civilian infrastructure for conducting military actions.

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