UN Security Council endorses temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas

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The United Nations Security Council on Monday approved a resolution sponsored by the United States calling for an immediate, temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Fourteen members of the 15-member body voted in favor of the resolution, with one abstention from the Russian Federation.

The vote on the cease-fire resolution sends a political signal of unity from the members of the council. The text of the resolution notes that Israel has “accepted” a proposal laid out by President Biden on May 31, and “calls upon Hamas to also accept it, and urges both parties to fully implement its terms without delay and without condition.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield called on Hamas to accept the cease-fire proposal. 

“Today this council sent a clear message to Hamas, accept the ceasefire deal on the table. Israel has already agreed to this deal and the fighting could stop today if Hamas would do the same. I repeat, the fighting could stop today,” she said. 

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