United Nations scorched by Haley, Israel as member states shield Hamas from condemnation

United Nations scorched by Haley, Israel as member states shield Hamas from condemnation

United Nations scorched by Haley, Israel as member states shield Hamas from condemnation

"This is a very important achievement for the US and Israel".

Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon said the countries that rejected the draft resolution should be ashamed.

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Haley, who will resign from her post by the end of the year, has been a fierce opponent of Palestinian rights, leading the defence of US President Donald Trump's pro-Israel policies on the global stage. The resolution needed a two-thirds majority to pass.

But the vote on the resolution to condemn Hamas was 87 in favor against 57 opposed, with 33 abstentions - a plurality but below the two-thirds requirement to adopt it. "The draft resolution is adopted".

The vote also represented a political disappointment for the Trump administration, which had lobbied hard to get many Arab states to break away from their routine support of the Palestinian position and support the anti-Hamas resolution.

It was still significant that a majority of countries in the General Assembly voted to condemn Hamas - a first in the history of the UN.

Business as usual, that is, in a body that has passed over 700 resolutions condemning Israel - yet not one calling out Hamas.

The US attempt to condemn Hamas and demand that the militant group stop firing rockets into Israel, using "airborne incendiary devices", and putting civilians at risk sparked a Palestinian-backed amendment sponsored by Bolivia.

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.

That was because the Palestinians and their supporters wanted a vote instead on a short rival resolution entitled "Comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East" sponsored by Ireland that included the exact language of the amendment - but no mention of Hamas.

It called on the countries that supported the United States and Israel at the UN General Assembly to reconsider their position and "correct this historical and unsafe mistake against the Palestinian people".

That draft resolution, proposed by Ireland, called "for the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East" based on United Nations resolutions.

"There is no balance and no symmetry in this conflict", Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations. Israel's idea of "truth" ("We will continue to fight for the truth!" tweeted Danon yesterday) is that it regards as an enemy anyone who does not support its killing of Palestinian civilians as they call for the implementation of their legitimate right to return to their land.

Haley, who steps down from her post at the end of the year, has repeatedly accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias and has defended Israel in its latest confrontation with Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party is deadlocked in a bitter rivalry with Hamas, also praised the resolution's defeat saying: "The Palestinian presidency will not allow for the condemnation of the national Palestinian struggle". Among the countries that supported the proposal were all the member states of the European Union, countries in Africa and Asia, and many others.

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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