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Will Israel, Hamas Adhere to UN Truce Resolution?

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

The world community has sent a clear message that peace is needed amid the growing hostility between Israel and Hamas. An "immediate, durable, and sustainable humanitarian truce" and unrestricted access to aid for the beleaguered Gaza Strip have been sought by the UN General Assembly in an overwhelming majority vote. Even while it is not legally binding, this motion has substantial political weight and highlights how isolated the US and Israel are on the world front as Israel steps up its ground operations.

Although the resolution does not specifically mention Hamas - the terrorist organization behind the horrific attacks of October 7 - it does demand the "immediate and unconditional release" of all civilians who have been detained without authorization. Moreover, it denounces attacks on Israeli and Palestinian citizens and calls for the security and humane treatment of these people.

There is more to this resolution than just words on paper. It has concrete ramifications for the Middle East and Gaza scenario. It requests that humanitarian workers be granted continuous access to the Gaza Strip and that basic supplies be permitted in.

Most significantly, it strongly opposes any attempts at the forced relocation of the civilian Palestinian population and demands that Israel reverse its order for residents of Gaza to leave the northern area and go south. These clauses highlight how vital it is to put in place a system that guarantees the safety of the civilian population.

Humanitarian aid should begin entering the Gaza Strip to relieve the suffering of the civilian populace, and the current conflict must end. It's crucial to remember that there were challenges in achieving the UN resolution. An attempt was made to demand the rapid release of captives and to denounce Hamas by name due to pressure from the US and Canada. But the necessary two-thirds majority was not achieved for this proposition.

The US has made it clear that it opposes the resolution. The US envoy, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, called it "outrageous" and asserted that it gave Hamas cover. She emphasized Hamas's vile and unwavering objectives, stressing its will to destroy Israel and murder Jews. Although these worries are legitimate, the resolution's main objectives are to establish a humanitarian ceasefire and guarantee the security and welfare of bystanders.

Thomas-Greenfield agreed that progress and a long-term fix were required. She correctly noted that the current situation cannot continue and emphasized the need for a plan for what will happen after the crisis is resolved. In fact, addressing the conflict's underlying roots is crucial.

Due to vetoes from the permanent members, the UN Security Council has consistently failed to adopt a collective opinion over the last two weeks, essentially muting the organization. With the General Assembly's decision, there is new optimism for an international coordinated response and a revitalized commitment to putting an end to the violence.


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