Israel's Netanyahu hails UN Hamas vote despite defeat

Postado Dezembro 07, 2018

A USA resolution championed by Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the Palestinian Hamas movement at the United Nations for firing rockets at Israel failed to win enough votes for adoption on Thursday.

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.

The United Nations today voted down a United States resolution condemning Hamas terrorism, with states such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran banding together to claim that the resolution was faulty for not assessing blame to Israel.

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

"Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism", Haley told the body before the vote.

Speaking ahead of the vote, Haley said the measure "would right a historic wrong" and "put the General Assembly on the side of truth and balance in the effort to achieve peace in the Middle East".

"She would like to go out with something", said a Security Council diplomat of the USA -drafted resolution.

This resolution was the first condemning Hamas that the 193-nation assembly had considered. I thank the American administration and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for the initiative.

Danon said the Palestinian demand for the resolution to pass by a two-thirds margin shows their level of concern at the precedent of the UN General Assembly - which is widely viewed as their "home court" - passing a resolution against them. One that is directly causing harm to the Palestinian people? Support from the Arab states is considered crucial to getting it launched, and the United Nations vote suggests it might get a standoffish reception.

The two 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.

The Israeli diplomat also thanked his USA counterpart, Ambassador Nikki Haley, for her "close cooperation in fighting for the truth that led to the formation of an unprecedented coalition for Israel and against terrorism". Isn't it time to let that go?

Both the United States and European Union have classified Hamas as a terrorist group.

The United States is working on a long-awaited plan to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but the Palestinians are skeptical and have accused the Trump administration of siding with Israel on core issues.

Following the vote, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the "sweeping majority" of countries who voted for the draft condemnation.

The amendment in June was to a resolution that condemned Israel for the Gaza violence and called for protection for the Palestinian civilian population.

"There is nothing more anti-Semitic than saying we can not condemn terrorism against Israel, while we would not hesitate for one minute to condemn the same acts if they were taken against any other country..." And he said it would also turn attention away from Israel's occupation, settlement activities and "blockade" - whether in Gaza, the West Bank or east Jerusalem which the Palestinians want as their future capital.