Gaza Needs End To War

(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)

The approval of the US-backed ceasefire resolution by the UN Security Council represents a critical juncture in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. With 14 votes in favour, the resolution calls for immediate and unconditional implementation of the ceasefire's terms. Despite the apparent consensus within the international community, the path to peace remains fraught with challenges and uncertainties.

The war, which has raged for eight months, has inflicted unimaginable suffering on Palestinians, with over 37,000 Palestinians killed and widespread devastation across the Gaza Strip. The human toll, combined with the destruction of infrastructure and the severe humanitarian crisis, underlines the urgent need for a sustainable resolution. Israel's assault has exacerbated the dire situation in Gaza, leading to mass displacement and severe shortages of food, medicine, and other essentials.


US President Joe Biden's description of the ceasefire deal as a pathway to a“durable end to the war” highlights the high stakes involved. A mere temporary halt in hostilities is insufficient; what is needed is a long-term solution that addresses the root causes of the conflict and paves the way for lasting peace. The resolution's emphasis on a permanent ceasefire, complete withdrawal, prisoner exchange, reconstruction, and the return of displaced persons is a step in the right direction.

Hamas's cautious response, expressing a desire for amendments while broadly supporting the deal, signals a willingness to negotiate. However, skepticism remains high, particularly regarding Israel's commitment to fully implementing the terms. The mutual distrust between the parties is a significant barrier to peace, necessitating robust mediation and confidence-building measures.

The role of international mediators, including Qatar, which has transmitted the deal's terms to Hamas, is crucial. Diplomatic efforts must focus on ensuring that both sides adhere to the agreement and work towards reconciliation. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's engagement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to garner support for the ceasefire plan is a helpful move, reflecting the need for concerted international pressure to achieve a breakthrough.

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The humanitarian crisis in Gaza cannot be overstated. The war has pushed the enclave to the brink of starvation, with over a million people facing extreme hunger. The immediate cessation of hostilities and the delivery of aid are imperative to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population. Moreover, allegations of potential war crimes by Israeli forces further complicate the situation, necessitating accountability and justice.


Kashmir Observer

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