| 9 December 2022, Friday |

Israel’s ambassador to Washington calls on the United Nations to condemn Hamas attacks

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Gilad Ardan, called on the United Nations to “strongly condemn the firing of rockets at Israeli cities and to support its efforts” to undermine and dismantle the Hamas terrorist machine.

He told CBS News: “Unfortunately, as we know, this is not what will happen.”

Regarding the conflict with Hamas, Ardan said: “They are looking for a ceasefire, but we are looking for treatment and not aid.”

And while the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stresses that the air strikes on Gaza will continue until Hamas stops firing rockets, it is unlikely that Hamas’s conditions will be met, according to CBS.

Hamas officials affirmed their “negotiating position” and told CBS that the movement “will not stop firing rockets at Israel unless two conditions are met, and both of them relate to Jerusalem.”

The officials explained that the two conditions are “an undertaking by the Israeli forces and police not to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque again, and not to expel Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah from their homes where their families have lived since the fifties.”

The Israeli army did not comment on any ceasefire plans, but Netanyahu made it clear that his army’s work is not over yet, and said, “With every passing day, we strike more terrorist organizations’ capabilities, target more senior leaders, destroy more terrorist buildings, and strike more weapons stockpiles. ” He added, “He is determined to continue this process until the achievement of its goal, which is to restore calm and security to the citizens of Israel.”

Netanyahu thanked Israel’s allies, and the United States in particular, for their support for his country’s right to self-defense. But it seems that Washington is stepping up pressure on Israel, as President Biden told Netanyahu in a phone call Wednesday morning that he “expects a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire.”

Palestinian officials in the health sector say that since the outbreak of fighting on the tenth of May, 228 people have been killed in air strikes, which has exacerbated the already deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, according to Reuters news agency.