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Israel rejects UN resolution calling for ceasefire in Gaza

December 14, 2023 at 4:25 pm

Israeli Prime Minister’s Office’s spokesperson Ofir Gendelman on December 22, 2020 [FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images]

Israel has rejected a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, claiming that it will only benefit the Palestinian group, Hamas, Anadolu Agency reports.

A ceasefire can only be reached after Hamas is defeated, said OfIr Gendelman, a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, at a press conference on the Zoom platform on Wednesday, while rejecting a UN resolution on Tuesday that asked Tel Aviv for a ceasefire.

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday calling for an “immediate humanitarian pause” in the Gaza Strip.

The demand came after a seven-day humanitarian pause during which Israel and Palestinian factions exchanged prisoners.

Gendelman said Israel would not allow a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip at this time.

Calling for a ceasefire now only serves Hamas, which is in desperate need of a respite and an opportunity for reorganisation, he claimed, ignoring calls from various countries for a permanent cease-fire as the Israeli army has intensified attacks on the besieged enclave after a week-long humanitarian pause expired on 1 December.

At least 18,608 Palestinians have been killed and 50,594 others injured in the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since 7 October, the Health Ministry in Gaza said on Wednesday.

Gendelman said the US fully supports Israel in dismantling Hamas, recovering Israeli hostages and resisting international pressure to end the fight against the Palestinian group.

However, there are disagreements with Washington regarding the post-Hamas era, and “we hope to reach agreements on this matter,” the spokesperson added.

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