Israel rejected calls for a ceasefire

Searching for a way for Israel to end Gaza operation - EPA photo, Mohammed Saber

Today, Israel and the United States rejected calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza at the UN Security Council meeting, the BBC reported.

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, categorically rejected calls for a ceasefire. He told the UN Security Council that "the ceasefire only strengthens Hamas' control of Gaza" and sends the message that "Hamas is forgiven for its deliberate crimes".

He also said that the "oppression of the population of Gaza by Hamas" had received the "green light of the international community". Erdan added that "without military pressure on Hamas, no diplomacy can guarantee the release of the hostages."

US representative Robert Wood told the session that the US does not support an immediate ceasefire.

-While the United States strongly supports a lasting peace in which both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security, we do not support calls for an immediate ceasefire. It will only sow the seeds of the next war because Hamas does not want a lasting peace, Wood told the UN Security Council.

The United States is one of the permanent members that has the right to veto the resolution. The UN Security Council will vote later today on a resolution presented by the United Arab Emirates, which calls for an "immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza".

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