Because the United Nations vote confirmed final night time, Israel nonetheless has the backing of its strongest ally, the USA, and the UK who selected to abstain.
Nevertheless, with 13 of the 15 members of the Safety Council voting in favour of a ceasefire, and greater than eighty different international locations supporting it, the US and British positions are wanting more and more remoted.
The US-Israeli relationship is more likely to change into more and more strained over the subsequent few weeks if the 2 sides proceed to disagree over the trail ahead, and the humanitarian scenario for civilians in Gaza continues to worsen.
It has been reported that Israel believes it wants one other two months to finish this part of intense combating in Gaza, however the US desires them to complete by the tip of the yr.
What an final and lasting victory for Israel will seem like is the massive unknown. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken of demilitarising and deradicalising Gaza and destroying Hamas however has stated little about who will handle the aftermath of the conflict in Gaza.
A key goal of Israel’s floor assault in southern Gaza is concentrating on the Hamas management who they consider are hiding round Khan Younis, most certainly in an unlimited tunnel system.
Killing or capturing a prime Hamas chief could be a significant scalp for the Israelis, which has thus far eluded them. It is arduous to think about Israelis pulling out of Gaza with Yahya Sinwar and Mohammed Deif nonetheless alive and free.
The larger drawback for Israel is what they do as soon as this part of combating is over, how they keep the safety of Gaza and the way they guarantee assist reaches the civilian inhabitants there.
Options of a multinational power have been rejected by Netanyahu – so, too, the handing of energy to the Palestinian Authority.
However except Israel desires to reoccupy Gaza, and I do not suppose they do, another should be discovered and quick.
The clock is ticking.