Sponsored resolution to condemn Hamas militants fails at United Nations

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2018

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says the global conscience thwarted the United States-sponsored resolution to condemn the Palestinian resistance movement at the United Nations General Assembly.

A USA bid at the United Nations to condemn the Palestinian Hamas movement for firing rockets at Israel failed to secure enough votes for adoption on Thursday, despite European backing.

While the US-backed draft resolution got a comfortable majority of votes, it fell short of the two-thirds super-majority needed to pass. Eighty-seven countries voted in favor of the resolution, while 57 opposed it. Thirty-three countries abstained and another 23 were not present.

Ahead of the vote, Haley accused those pushing for that threshold of double standards and noted that the United Nations had never once condemned Hamas by name - despite passing 700 resolutions blasting Israel.

In an earlier procedural move requested by Kuwait, the 193-member body narrowly voted to require two-thirds support and not a simple majority for adoption of the draft resolution.

The resolution failed to be adopted Thursday as it could not garner two-thirds support in the General Assembly.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly before the vote that it could make history and unconditionally speak out against Hamas, which she called "one of the most obvious and grotesque cases of terrorism in the world".

"The broad support from the world demonstrates the changes we have made in the UN", Danon said.

"Israel is in contravention of all Security Council and General Assembly resolutions", its representative said. "I thank Ambassador Haley for her close cooperation in fighting for the truth that led to the formation of an unprecedented coalition for Israel and against terrorism".

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are non-binding, but they carry political weight and are seen as a barometer of world opinion.

Shihab, in a post published on his official Twitter page, noted that Israel and the U.S. continue to spread lies by means of global bodies and meetings.

The overwhelming support for the Irish resolution reflects global support for action "without delay" toward an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a two-state solution. "One that directly causes harm to the Palestinian people?" Isn't it time to let that go?

Had it passed, the resolution would have marked a major achievement for Haley, who departs from her role as United Nations ambassador in January and has made calling out anti-Israel bias one of the central goals of her time at the United Nations.

By contrast, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the "large majority" - 87 countries - "that took a stance against Hamas" for the first time, calling it "an important achievement for the United States and Israel".

The US defeat at the General Assembly came as the Trump administration prepares to unveil new peace proposals that the Palestinians have already rejected.

Last month saw a flare-up of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

There is no difference between Hamas, and Al-Qaida and Boko Haram, he said, adding that as the Jewish people are celebrating Hanukkah, the plurality of Member States of the United Nations has chosen to condemn Hamas.

"The UN has a chance to condemn Hamas for the first time", Haley tweeted Thursday.

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