United States President Barack Obama and the United Nations Security Council have both called for an unconditional ceasefire from Israel this morning. In a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama â€śmade clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now,â€ť according to a White House statement.
The UN Security council released a statement also calling for an unconditional ceasefire. Their plan is based on an Egyptian proposal that would put a temporary end to ‘hostilities’ and would open talks about the future of the Gaza Strip. This includes possibly opening Gazaâ€™s borders.
Despite the rising pressure to end the conflict, both Israeli and Palestinian representatives raised concerns about the proposal.
â€śThey should have adopted a resolution a long time ago to condemn this aggression and to call for this aggression to be stopped immediately,â€ť Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative at the UN said, also calling for a more formal resolution.
On the Israeli side, Israelâ€™s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ron Prosor felt the Security Councilâ€™s statement was unfair towards Israel.
â€śMiraculously, it doesn’t mention Hamas,â€ť he said, â€śIt doesn’t mention the firing of rockets. Those things are lacking in this statement.â€ť
Pope Francis also weighed in on the conflict, begging both sides to end the fighting.
â€śStop, please stop! I beg you with all my heart,â€ť he said in an unscripted speech.
Although he is losing some international support, Netanyahuâ€™s approval rating has risen to 82% among Israelis, according to a tweet from Jerusalem Post reporter Herb Keinon. This is up about 25% from his previous approval rating.
Although a temporary ceasefire is in place, a rocket was fired out of Gaza towards Ashkelon this morning. The Israeli military responded with a rocket of their own, fired at Beit Lahia. No casualties have been reported from these attacks yet.