The UN resolution for an immediate ceasefire will achieve little. Because Netanyahu remains on a collision course with the United States.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in front of the Israeli and American flags.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not allow himself to be imposed upon by anyone. Photo: Miriam Alster/ap

The Israeli government could hardly have reacted more defiantly to the UN Security Council's call for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, approved by the United States on Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly canceled a delegation that was due to meet in Washington to discuss future actions in Rafah. Back in Israel, he can sell this latest showdown with his key ally as a sign of strength.

But after the series of confrontations with the United States in recent weeks, the outrage not only seems misplaced but is increasingly endangering Israel by driving the country into further international isolation. For weeks now, Netanyahu has ignored Washington's increasingly urgent requests and allowed US President Joe Biden to appear again and again.

The Israeli government can now downplay the UN resolution: the United Nations has long been anti-Israel and the resolution is not tied to sanctions. However, the fact is that a UN resolution is binding on all member states. Failure to do so would put Israel on the sidelines of diplomacy. This is short-sighted and ultimately harms Israel's security, because it does not rely solely on military force. Israel needs allies and international acceptance.

The fact that Hamas invaded Israel on October 7, murdering civilians, raping women and kidnapping children and the elderly in Gaza, influences the world's perception of war for many, given the destruction, death and The unprecedented suffering in Gaza is now almost irrelevant. . According to international organizations, some 300,000 people are dying of hunger in the northern coastal strip, while aid convoys wait a few kilometers away, in Israel.

The country has exceeded its right to self-defense in the eyes of many people around the world. The fact that the United States did not use its veto on Monday and even that US Vice President Kamala Harris said, “I'm not ruling anything out” regarding the consequences of an offensive in Rafah shows how cold the US has become. relations with Washington have become and what is happening for Israel could be at stake: the enormous deliveries of weapons, without which it could hardly fight this war.

Netanyahu may be acting with the approval of many people in Israel who have been gutted by Hamas' brutal massacres. But with his speeches about “absolute victory” over Hamas, he only seems to be helping Israelis, many of whom are teetering between extreme nationalism, on the one hand, and fear of not being safe anywhere, on the other. other.

The recent outbreak of fighting in the northern Gaza Strip shows that even an invasion of Rafah is unlikely to prevent a permanent guerrilla war against Hamas. Furthermore, no solution appears to have been found as to how the Prime Minister could fulfill his promise to protect the civilian population of Rafah in the event of an attack. What is needed is a change of course, as the Security Council suggests: the release of all hostages and a ceasefire.