The U.S. wants a humanitarian pause in Gaza, not a cease-fire. What’s the difference?

The U.S. is pushing for a humanitarian pause in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, differing from the global call for a cease-fire.

The context: The conflict, now in its second month, has resulted in over 10,000 deaths, prompting global calls for a cease-fire and the release of civilian hostages.
* The heads of 18 U.N. agencies, including WHO and UNICEF, joined in urging an immediate cease-fire and release of all civilian hostages.
* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, has repeatedly rejected these calls, stating on Friday that a cease-fire is not possible without the return of all hostages.
* Tensions remain high, with multiple citywide protests calling for cease-fire, and continued international calls for peace, including from Pope Francis and Arab nations.

The U.S. stance: The U.S. administration, represented by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is primarily seeking a “humanitarian pause.”
* The U.N. defines a humanitarian pause as a “temporary cessation of hostilities purely for humanitarian purposes” within a certain time period and geographical area for humanitarian activities.
* A cease-fire, on the other hand, aims for a suspension of fighting as part of a political process with a general goal of engaging in dialogue and potentially reaching a permanent political settlement.
* The U.S. has requested the Israeli government to pause operations in certain areas to facilitate the release of hostages and delivery of aid.

Humanitarian impact: The current conflict has greatly affected aid delivery.
* Since the reopening of the Rafah border crossing on Oct. 21, just over 450 aid trucks have entered Gaza, representing less than 19% of the number before the conflict.
* The U.S. anticipates that a successful implementation of humanitarian pauses would allow for the increase in aid delivery to Gaza.

Criticism and roadblocks: The proposal of humanitarian pauses has been met with controversy and logistical questions.
* Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated that Israel refuses a temporary cease-fire that does not include the return of hostages.
* The U.S. and Israel are reportedly engaged in discussions on the practical implementation of such pauses.
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