UN vote ups pressure on Israel, Hamas for Gaza deal

What happened

The United Nations Security Council voted 14-0 on Monday to endorse a U.S.-backed cease-fire deal for Gaza, increasing pressure on Israel and Hamas to bring an end to the conflict. Russia abstained. The three-stage plan, approved by Israel’s war cabinet, was unveiled 10 days ago by President Joe Biden.

But Israel’s U.N. representative “did not say that Israel has accepted the terms of the cease-fire plan,” and while Hamas welcomed the resolution and indicated it would “engage in indirect negotiations” to implement the deal, it also “did not endorse the plan as a whole,” The New York Times said. The “central sticking point,” The Washington Post said, is that Hamas wants a “permanent cease-fire” while Israel is vowing to “continue fighting to achieve total military victory, a goal U.S. officials say is unattainable.”

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