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Biden, Netanyahu Relationship Strained as US Allows Passage of Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

Isreali PM Netanyahu has cancelled his planned trip to Washington following the passage of Gaza ceasefire resolution by the UN.

The relationship between US President Joe Biden and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been reported to be strained following the US decision to allow the passage of a Gaza ceasefire resolution at the United Nations. 

This move drew a sharp rebuke from the Israeli PM, who subsequently cancelled a planned visit to Washington by a senior delegation.

The resolution, which demanded an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and the release of all hostages held by Palestinian militants, was passed after the US abstained from the Security Council vote. 

Netanyahu’s decision to scrap the visit highlights the growing tensions between the two allies, particularly over Israel’s threatened offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

The Biden administration’s abstention at the U.N. signifies a departure from longstanding U.S. policy of staunchly supporting Israel at the world body. 

This shift reflects increasing frustration with Netanyahu’s handling of the conflict, as well as pressure from within the Democratic Party to rein in Israeli military actions in Gaza.

The move also raises questions about potential repercussions for U.S. military aid to Israel if Netanyahu proceeds with the offensive despite American objections. 

Analysts suggest that trust between the Biden administration and Netanyahu may be deteriorating, with the crisis risking further escalation if not managed carefully.

Netanyahu, facing domestic challenges and demands from hardline coalition members, criticized the U.S. abstention, describing it as a “clear retreat” from previous positions. 

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