Israel says it opposes wording of US Security Council resolution on ceasefire

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

A general view shows a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, April 18, 2024. (Yuki Iwamura/AP)
A general view shows a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, April 18, 2024. (Yuki Iwamura/AP)

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan informs his US counterpart Linda Thomas-Greenfield that Jerusalem opposes the Security Council resolution being advanced by the Biden administration, which expresses support for the latest Israeli ceasefire proposal.

The opposition is not expected to influence the rest of the yet-to-be-scheduled vote, given that Israel is not a member of the Security Council, but the resistance is likely to irk Washington, given that it has repeatedly blocked initiatives at the Security Council that were viewed as hostile to Israel.

Explaining Erdan’s opposition, an official in the Israeli mission notes that an updated version of the resolution refers to the hostage deal as one that will bring about a “ceasefire,” as opposed to the original version that referred to a “cessation of hostilities, which Israel reads as less permanent in nature.

Israel also objects to the updated version’s call for both sides to fully implement the latest hostage deal proposal. The earlier version only called on Hamas to accept the proposal. The updated draft does the same, but also notes that the latest hostage deal proposal is “acceptable to Israel.”

The Israeli mission also does not like the updated version’s inclusion of the three phases of the hostage deal — ones that have already been laid out publicly by the US.

Finally, the Israeli mission opposes a new clause in the draft that “rejects any attempt at demographic or territorial change in the Gaza Strip, including actions that reduce the territory of Gaza, such as through the permanent establishment officially or unofficially of so-called buffer zones.”

Israel has already advanced plans to create a security buffer zone on the Gaza side of the border, which some of its officials have insisted are temporary, a plan that has been condemned by the US and the international community.

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