USA fails to win United Nations condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza

US Fails to Win UN Condemnation of Hamas

US Fails to Win UN Condemnation of Hamas

Through a procedural vote held before the main vote on the resolution, the Assembly had voted to apply the two-thirds majority requirement for the adoption of the draft.

Israeli leaders still praised the outcome as a show of wide support for their position against the terror group, which for years has targeted Israel with rockets, bombs and other attacks.

The US and Israel exerted a lot of effort in trying to ensure that the resolution was passed because while General Assembly resolutions are non-binding on member states, they are considered to be a barometer of world opinion.

The Palestinians sought to thwart the USA move by presenting an amendment to the U.S. text to include a reference to United Nations resolutions that condemn Israeli settlements, call for negotiations on East Jerusalem and pledge support for the two-state solution.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party is locked in a bitter decade-long split with Hamas, also welcomed the resolution's defeat saying: "The Palestinian presidency will not allow for the condemnation of the national Palestinian struggle".

"What the United Nations chooses to do today will speak volumes about each country's seriousness when it comes to condemning antisemitism, because there is nothing more antisemitic than saying terrorism is not terrorism when it's used against the Jewish people and the Jewish state", Haley added.

The vote on the resolution was 87-57 in favor with 33 abstentions, a majority below the two-thirds that was required.

Hamas said the failure to pass the resolution was "a serious failure for the "bullying policy" of the Trump administration adopted in the region".

The resolution, entitled "Activities of Hamas and Other Militant Groups in Gaza", would have condemned Hamas "for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk".

Introducing the resolution, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, appealed for countries to put to one side their different views of the Israel-Palestine conflict and vote for the resolution.

Haaretz called the failure to pass the resolution a blow to the U.S. and Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the tally "a very important achievement for the USA and Israel".

Palestinians had initially sought to thwart the U.S. move by presenting an amendment to the USA text to include a reference to United Nations resolutions that condemn Israeli settlements, call for negotiations on East Jerusalem and pledge support for the two-state solution.

"The draft condemnation of Hamas in the UN General Assembly received a sweeping majority by countries that stood against Hamas", he said.

After talks with the Europeans late Wednesday, the Palestinians agreed to withdraw their amendment and instead table a separate resolution, diplomats said.

The rival resolutions reflect the deep divisions among the 193 United Nations member states over the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict - and the failure to end it.

Habib accused Israel of turning Gaza into an "uninhabitable, open-air prison" that is not fit for humans in order to collectively punish Palestinians.

Haley blasted the use of a two-thirds majority for passage of the Hamas resolution.

Shihab concluded that all those states that voted in favor of the resolution will eventually be ashamed of their hypocrisy, fear and denial of truth.

Then the General Assembly went on to approve another measure demanding "an end to the Israeli occupation" and a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders.

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