United Nations votes on USA sponsored Hamas condemnation resolution

In Gaza protests Israeli troops aim for the legs

In Gaza protests Israeli troops aim for the legs

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says the global conscience thwarted the United States-sponsored resolution to condemn the Palestinian resistance movement at the United Nations General Assembly.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley, whose defense of Israel has been a signature calling during her almost two-year run, had lobbied hard for European countries and others to join with Washington in condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and for "inciting violence", putting civilians at risk.

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.

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

The two-thirds majority that prevented passage of the resolution was advanced by Kuwait on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, and approved by a 75-72 vote with 26 abstentions.

In negotiations with the Europeans, the United States agreed to add a mention of "relevant U.N. resolutions" in its draft, but without specifying which ones.

"The United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously", wrote Haley, who repeatedly has said the administration will "take names" of any countries voting against USA foreign policy.

"You should be ashamed of yourselves, wait until you have to deal with terrorism in your own countries", Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told the chamber.

But before the vote on the US draft resolution, Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Llorenty Soliz withdrew the amendment.

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Outgoing US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley had written to member states on Monday to urge them to vote for the US-drafted text, warning them: "The United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

The results of a vote are seen on display boards at the General Assembly hall, on December 21, 2017, at UN Headquarters in NY. The people who have suffered by far the most because of Hamas are the Palestinian people.

Had it passed, the resolution would have marked a major achievement for Haley, who departs from her role as United Nations ambassador in January and has made calling out anti-Israel bias one of the central goals of her time at the United Nations.

This resolution was the first condemning Hamas that the 193-nation assembly had considered. "More importantly, it would put the General Assembly on the side of truth and balance in the effort to achieve peace in the Middle East".

Israel says it has no choice but to enforce its blockade to defend itself against Hamas, which calls for Israel's destruction and has used Gaza as a base for missile attacks.

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

The US defeat at the General Assembly came as the Trump administration prepares to unveil new peace proposals that the Palestinians have already rejected.

"The UN has a chance to condemn Hamas for the first time", Haley tweeted Thursday.

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

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