The UN Security Council, which has been unable to reach consensus since the start of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, is set to vote today on a draft resolution calling for “extended humanitarian pauses” in the fighting in Gaza.
The new text, prepared by Malta, appears to have a good chance of being adopted by the council. Diplomats say members waited to schedule a vote until they were relatively sure of success.
Following the October 7 Hamas onslaught against southern Israel, the council tried — in vain — to adopt a resolution of some kind. But four drafts failed in October, exposing the body’s long-held divisions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Russia and China on one side and the United States on the other.
The Security Council launched new talks on a resolution, but those negotiations got bogged down on the wording to be used to call for a stop, however brief, to the fighting.
The United States opposed any use of the term “ceasefire,” diplomats say. Other terms floated were “truce” and “pause.”