The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has called upon the United States to support an immediate ceasefire in Israel’s ongoing conflict in Gaza. The UAE government issued a warning, asserting that the risk of a regional conflagration is escalating daily as the conflict extends into its third month.
The call for an immediate ceasefire comes amid intensifying concerns about the humanitarian toll and geopolitical ramifications of the long ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza.
Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE Ambassador to the United Nations, in an online interview from New York, asserted, “We need a humanitarian ceasefire now; we can’t wait another 100 days.” The UAE Ambassador also added that the risks are quite high, the war in Gaza is very clearly an open would and it’s destabilizing the region. She also underscored the critical role that the United States could play in easing the escalating tensions.
The warning by one of the key allies of Washington in the region underscores the concern for the potential spiral of attacks involving Israel, Iran, and its proxies and US forces. The Iranian-backed militant group, Hamas killed around 1200 people and kidnapped around 240 others on October 7 and Israeli troops countered by displacing around 2 million population of Gaza, killing over 24,000, as reported. As the conflict in Gaza enters its third month, reports of civilian casualties, infrastructure damage, and displacement continue to emerge, amplifying calls for a diplomatic resolution.
As per the estimated report by the World Bank, in mid-December, around 60 per cent of the infrastructure of Gaza had been destroyed and damaged by the bombardment carried out by Israel. The administration of President Joe Biden has vetoed a United Nations Security Council demand for a ceasefire that was put forward by the UAE and also the administration of President Biden refrained from demanding a stop to the military campaign of Israel.
The UAE Ambassador also said, If the objective is not to increase extremism and terrorism in our region, this would be described as the case study for how not to do it.”