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Resolution condemning Hamas blocked by UN


By Ary Gotlib - December 17, 2018
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On December 6,The United Nations General Assembly failed to pass a Hamas-condemnation “for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk,” according to the resolution’s terms.

 
The draft resolution, which was proposed by outgoing UN envoy, Nikki Haley, received 87 votes in favor, not reaching the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
 
Additionally, 58 voted against it, 32 countries abstained and another 23 were absent, the Jerusalem Post reported.
 
For the adoption of the draft resolution, the 193-member body narrowly voted - on a Kuwait demand - to require two-thirds support and not a simple majority for adoption of the draft resolution.
 
For Maan News Agency, this vote “serves a crushing defeat to both the United States and Israel after weeks of diplomacy.”
 
As noted in Haaretz newspaper, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated;  "The draft condemnation of Hamas [...] received a sweeping majority by countries that stood against Hamas. [...] This is a very important achievement for the U.S. and Israel.”
 
Despite this glorification, Haaretz also wrote that the failure is a disappointment for the Israeli government and Trump administration, who “both invested diplomatic efforts in getting the resolution to pass, and ran into strong opposition from the Palestinian Authority.”
 
Quickly after the vote, the joy of Netanyahu gave way to bitterness in the Israeli camp.
 
US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley declared “the General Assembly has passed over 700 resolutions condemning Israel and not one single resolution condemning Hamas.”
 
MEMO noted that is “arguably more a reflection of Israel’s contempt for international law than a condemnation of the General Assembly.”
 
Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in a statement added; “your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colours”.
 
These words are more understable in regard to the efforts made to win this vote by Israel and the US. According to Haaretz, Jason Greenblatt, the US Special Representative for International Negotiations, approached nine Arab countries in a bid to reach their support for the US draft.
 
Diplomats from Bahrain, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, were contacted by Israel.
 
For MEMO correspondent in the Gaza strip, the vote reflected a slow but growing understanding of the Palestinian position on the struggle for their rights and the legitimacy of resistance to the Israeli occupation.
 
“It is also an indication that a majority of UN member states do not believe that the issue can be resolved by Israeli force and propaganda imposing a solution on the Palestinians,” he concluded.

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