UNITED NATIONS (NEWSnet/AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday overwhelmingly approved a resolution endorsing a cease-fire plan aimed at ending a war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

This plan was previously announced by U.S. President Joe Biden; and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Israel on Monday, where he urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward.

But it's still a "wait and see" situation.

“Everyone’s vote is in, except for one vote, and that’s Hamas,” Blinken told reporters in Tel Aviv after meeting with Israeli officials. Blinken said Netanyahu had reaffirmed his commitment to the proposal when they met late Monday.

U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood also had told reporters that the United States sees the deal as “the best, most realistic opportunity to bring at least a temporary halt to this war.”

The resolution — which was approved with 14 of the 15 Security Council members voting in favor and Russia abstaining — calls on Israel and Hamas “to fully implement its terms without delay and without condition.”

Whether Israel and Hamas agree to go forward with the plan remains in question, but the resolution’s strong support in the U.N.’s most powerful body puts added pressure on both parties to approve the proposal.

There are three steps in the current proposal:

  • An initial six-week cease-fire and the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. This also calls for guarantees of distribution of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.
  • The withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas in Gaza.
  • The return of Palestinian civilians to all areas in the territory; along with a multi-year reconstruction plan.

The Security Council did adopt a resolution on March 25 demanding a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with the U.S. abstaining, but there was no halt to the war.

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