UN fails to adopt US resolution condemning Hamas terrorism against Israeli civilians
The United Nations General Assembly failed on Thursday to adopt a U.S. resolution that condemned terrorist acts by Hamas and other Muslim terror groups — a blow for the U.S. push to curb anti-Israel bias at the body.
Before the vote on the resolution, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority for approval as sought by Muslim countries for rather than the simple majority urged by the United States.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused those who pushed for the two-thirds threshold of double standards and of trying to torpedo the resolution.
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“That, more than anything else, is a condemnation of the United Nations itself,” she said.
“There is nothing more anti-Semitic than saying we cannot condemn terrorism against Israel, while we would not hesitate for a minute to condemn the same acts if they were taken against any other country.”
Haley noted that, despite the many resolutions condemning and criticizing Israel, the U.N. has never passed a resolution condemning Hamas.
The U.S. resolution would have condemned Hamas for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk.
It would also have demanded that Hamas and other Muslim terror groups, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, cease all provocative and violent actions; and condemn Hamas efforts to build terror tunnels to infiltrate Israel and launch rockets into civilian areas in order to murder Jews.
“The draft condemnation of Hamas in the UN General Assembly received a sweeping majority by countries that stood against Hamas. While it did not achieve a two-thirds majority, this is the first time that a majority of countries have voted against Hamas and I commend each of the 87 countries that took a principled stand against Hamas.
This is a very important achievement for the US and Israel. I thank the American administration and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for the initiative,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
“For the first time at the UN, a record 87 countries condemned Hamas for its rocket fire and use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes against Israel. I thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for her hard work in forming an unprecedented coalition. We will continue to fight for the truth!”, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon tweeted.