Wed 12 Jun 2024 3:31 pm - Jerusalem Time

Analysis: The Security Council resolution is “a dead letter” in light of the American bias towards Israel

Analysts and politicians expected that the recent Security Council resolution regarding the ceasefire in Gaza would remain a dead letter in light of the American bias towards Israel.

The UN Security Council (Monday) adopted a draft US resolution aimed at reaching a comprehensive ceasefire agreement in three stages to end the war in Gaza.

The resolution was adopted by a majority of 14 votes, with Russia abstaining from voting. According to the resolution, the first phase includes “an immediate and complete ceasefire with the release of hostages and the exchange of Palestinian prisoners.”

The second phase will see a permanent cessation of hostilities “in exchange for the release of all other hostages still in Gaza and the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza,” and in the third phase, “a major multi-year reconstruction plan for Gaza” will begin.

In this regard, Dr. Raed Debei, Professor of Political Science at An-Najah University in Nablus, said that it is clear that the American proposal in the Security Council is not a ceasefire, and the evidence for that is the position of Russia, which had reservations about the decision, and its representative said: We do not know what Israel will adhere to. .

Debaei added to Xinhua News Agency that it is also clear that this proposal, since it was presented in its first draft, was the subject of great controversy, as the United States was claiming that Israel agreed to the first draft and demanding Hamas to approve it, and after pressure from Arab and non-Arab countries, it was decided. Change the clause to require both parties to agree.

He continued that the first draft of the resolution was talking about a Palestinian state through negotiations, then that was changed to a “two-state solution” and the word negotiations was canceled.

He added that this indicates that the United States is not serious and has not left the space of bias towards Israel, or even partnership with it.

He continued, "I believe that the decision is an affirmation of President Joe Biden's initiative and an attempt to give it a new lease of life after it was thwarted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but I do not see a decision for a ceasefire because the decision in its details speaks about the continuation of negotiations beyond the sixth week as long as both parties commit to that." I can say that Israel is not committed to negotiations and is repeating the aggression without considering this a violation of the Security Council resolution in its current form.”

Debaie added, "Israel's representative at the United Nations clearly said minutes after the resolution was issued that Israel will not allow Hamas to gather its forces and that it will continue the war until the end."

He continued that Biden believes the wording of this resolution serves Israel's interests, and any small delving into the details of the resolution unambiguously shows that it is another attempt to give Netanyahu more opportunity and more time to kill the Palestinians.

He believed that the United States of America is no longer qualified, either politically or morally, to play a role that can protect the victims, especially since it is part of the killing of children, women, and the elderly who are killed by American weapons.

He added, "To date, we are close to the 250th day since the beginning of the war, and Israel is supplied with weapons from the United States."
In turn, Palestinian political analyst Talal Okal expected that Israel would not implement the UN resolution even if the United States of America was the one that submitted the draft resolution.

Okal told Xinhua, “Simply put, we can say that the Security Council’s resolution will remain a dead letter, because Israel depends completely and fundamentally on the United States, which is considered a key partner in the war on Gaza, and it gives Israel political and economic cover in the war.” Achieving unattainable goals in its war on Gaza.

He continued, "We know very well that Israel does not abide by international resolutions, and the Security Council resolution is nothing but one of America and Israel's tricks to cover up Israel's massacres in the Gaza Strip, such as the Rafah, Jabalia, and Nuseirat massacres."

As for Dr. Mukhtar Ghobashi, Secretary-General of the Al-Farabi Center for Studies in Egypt, he said that the problem with the American proposal to stop the war in Gaza is that the proposal does not explicitly pledge to a ceasefire, nor to a complete Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, nor to the issue of reconstruction within a specific time.

Ghobashi explained to Xinhua that the Israeli massacres against the Palestinian people complicate the pace of reaching an agreement between Hamas and Israel, as the Israeli forces committed massacres in Nuseirat and before that in Jabalia Camp, Al-Shifa Hospital, and Nasser Hospital.

Despite the Security Council's commitment to the two-state solution, Ghobashi believed that the two-state solution raises many questions about the form of the Palestinian state, its sovereignty, borders, and its security ceiling, as well as the issues of Jerusalem and the return of refugees.

He warned that the development of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict may lead to an explosion in the situation in the Middle East, especially if the conflict intensifies within the Lebanese arena, or the conflict develops in the Red Sea with the participation of the Houthis, or if the Iraqi Shiite factions become immersed in the conflict and begin targeting the military bases of the United States, which strongly stands behind Israel.

While the military analyst for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Amos Harel, saw that the United States is trying to confirm the Israeli-American ceasefire proposal, which Biden spoke about last May 31, but Netanyahu is trying to evade it.


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Analysis: The Security Council resolution is “a dead letter” in light of the American bias towards Israel