Members of the UN Security Council have spoken, but Israel and Hamas do not appear to be listening. Israel is pushing ahead with its two-week-old offensive, ignoring a new UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire.
Israel’s key ally the US abstained in the vote in New York, instead of voting against it, as it would have traditionally done in the past. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected the resolution as “unworkable”, saying the army would continue to defend Israelis. Hamas has also rejected the UN resolution, saying it was not consulted over the text. The Islamist group today released images of what it says are Israeli soldiers being targeted by its fighters. The Israeli army has also released its own images from Gaza. A ceasefire proposal was put forward by Egypt on Tuesday, and diplomats say the new UN resolution complements talks being negotiated by Cairo.