The United Nations General Assembly endorsed a resolution yesterday (28), submitted by the Arab states, calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This move comes in response to the dire humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region, where the safety of civilians and the delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip have been imperiled.
The resolution, which reflects the prevailing non-aligned global sentiment, received overwhelming support within the General Assembly, underlining the urgency of the situation.
A total of 121 member states voted in favor of the resolution, eliciting rounds of applause in the assembly hall. Notably, 44 nations chose to abstain from voting, while a mere 14 countries, including Israel and the United States, opposed the resolution.
Sri Lanka, among the member states, cast its vote in favor of the proposed cease-fire.
The White House National Security Spokesman, John Kirby, has conveyed the United States’ stance on the matter.
The U.S. government supports bringing an end to Israeli military operations to facilitate the delivery of crucial humanitarian aid, fuel, and electricity to the beleaguered population in the Gaza Strip. However, the United States also underscores Israel’s inherent right to self-defense and clarifies its intention not to take a belligerent role in the conflict.