The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on a US-drafted resolution later on Monday, endorsing President Joe Biden's proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The US completed its draft on Sunday following six days of discussions among the 15-member council. It remains uncertain whether veto-holding nations Russia and China will permit the draft's approval. A resolution requires a minimum of nine affirmative votes and no vetoes from the US, France, Britain, China, or Russia to be adopted. Biden presented a three-phase ceasefire plan on May 31, which he characterized as an Israeli initiative. Certain Security Council members have expressed doubts about Israel's acceptance of the plan to halt hostilities in Gaza. The draft resolution endorses the new ceasefire proposal, stating that 'Israel has accepted it, calls on Hamas to do the same, and urges both parties to implement its terms fully and promptly without conditions.' It further elaborates on the proposal, specifying that 'if the initial phase negotiations exceed six weeks, the ceasefire will persist as long as negotiations continue.' Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki expressed optimism on a local radio station, stating, 'Positive signals are emerging, and we hope this proposal is accepted,' regarding the anticipated UN Security Council vote. In March, the council demanded an immediate ceasefire and the unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas. For months, mediators from the US, Egypt, and Qatar have been striving to broker a ceasefire. Hamas seeks a permanent end to the conflict in the Gaza Strip and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the region, home to 2.3 million people. Israel is responding to Hamas, which governs Gaza, following an October 7 attack by its militants. According to Israeli figures, over 1,200 individuals were killed, and more than 250 were taken hostage by Hamas on October 7. It is believed that over 100 hostages are still held captive in Gaza. Israel initiated a comprehensive assault on the Palestinian territory, resulting in the deaths of over 36,000 Palestinians, as reported by Gaza health authorities.