Gaza Ceasefire: How Many Americans Approve Of How Joe Biden Is Handling The War?
Friday saw a messy negotiation. Following days of confusion, the United Nations Security Council approved a watered-down resolution to boost humanitarian aid to Gaza and calling for urgent steps to create conditions for a “sustainable cessation of hostilities”.
The resolution didn’t demand a suspension of hostilities. The vote had been postponed four times before a version was produced on Thursday night. The following day, all Council members voted for the bid put forward by the UAE, but Russia and the US abstained.
Resolution Lacking Condemnation Of Hamas Attack
The UAE has been regularly stressing the need to find a path towards comprehensive peace and stability in the region. The Gulf state seeks the protection of civilians and sustainable delivery of relief supplies. Furthermore, it has often reiterated the importance of a ceasefire.
The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, highlighted Washington’s substantial support for the solution, but raised concerns over the updated bid lacking any condemnation of the Hamas attack on October 7 that has triggered the ongoing conflict.
The death toll in Gaza now stands at 20,000. Most people have been driven from their homes. Half a million people face catastrophic hunger. Scores of Gazans are cold and ravaged by disease, crammed into overcrowded shelters, facing serious shortages of basic supplies.
Biden’s Reluctance To Call For Gaza Ceasefire
The US position has evolved in response to the exacerbating crisis in Gaza. The country is now pressing Israel to find different methods to prosecute the conflict to minimise casualties and create corridors for humanitarian aid, as well as to plan for the long term.
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According to New York Times/Siena College poll, nearly three quarters of voters aged between 18 and 29 disapprove of the way President Joe Biden is handling the Gaza crisis. As more Democrats shift in favour of a ceasefire, he may find himself not leading but following.