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07 December 2018, 10:02 | Devin Moran
Vote condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel fails at UN
A U.S. attempt to get the United Nations to condemn violence by Palestinian militant group Hamas for the first time failed on Thursday because the draft resolution fell short of votes needed in the General Assembly.
The United States had won crucial backing from the European Union, with all 28 countries supporting the draft that would have condemned Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and demanded an end to the violence.
But the vote on the resolution to condemn Hamas was 87-57 with 33 abstentions, a plurality below the two-thirds requirement.
The last time the United States put forth a motion condemning Hamas, in June, the vote was 62-58 in favor, with 42 abstentions - a smaller plurality that also failed to reach a 2/3 threshold.
"She would like to go out with something", said a Security Council diplomat of the US-drafted resolution.
"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.
Haley said that, in an average year, the UN General Assembly votes on a resolution opposing Israel twenty times.
"She would like to go out with something", said a Security Council diplomat of the US -drafted resolution.
A number of States explained their reasons for voting against the resolution. The people who have suffered by far the most because of Hamas are the Palestinian people.
Israel and Hamas have gone to war three times.
Shihab, in a post published on his official Twitter page, noted that Israel and the USA continue to spread lies by means of worldwide bodies and meetings.
Both the United States and European Union have classified Hamas as a terrorist group.
Moreover, Spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement, Daoud Shihab, said the failure of the American resolution at the United Nations represents a slap to the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump as well as the Zionist regime (of Israel).
Following the vote, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the "sweeping majority" of countries who voted for the draft condemnation.
Danon said he has had discussions with some of the Arab ambassadors in the United Nations, and they are unhappy with the support Hamas is getting from Tehran, and the fact that the PA is cooperating with Iran, seen by some of these countries - such as Saudi Arabia - as their mortal enemy.
The US defeat at the General Assembly came as the Trump administration prepares to unveil new peace proposals that the Palestinians have already rejected. In recent months, the militant group has fired hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel.
Haniyeh, in a statement released on Friday, said the majority of world countries stood with Palestinian rights, including the right of our people to resist the Tel Aviv regime's occupation and salvation from it, against a resolution that sought to denounce the legitimate resistance of the Palestinian nation.
Haley called condemnation of Hamas "an essential step" to a peace settlement.
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