U.N. Fails to Pass U.S.-Sponsored Resolution Condemning Hamas

U.N. Fails to Pass U.S.-Sponsored Resolution Condemning Hamas

A U.S. -drafted resolution championed by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley won 87 votes in the General Assembly, falling short of the two-thirds majority required for adoption.

"She would like to go out with something", said a Security Council diplomat of the US -drafted resolution. She is resigning effective at the end of the year and has made the fight against criticism of Israel in the world body a signature feature of her tenure.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called the result "a confirmation of the legitimacy of resistance and a great political support for the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause".

Resolutions at the United Nations can carry political weight but are non-binding. It also reaffirmed "unwavering support" for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - issues not included in the US draft.

The overwhelming support for the Irish resolution reflects global support for action "without delay" toward an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a two-state solution. She used her time at the General Assembly podium to challenge the Arab states.

Ahead of the vote, the US ambassador sent a letter to all U.N. missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

"The General Assembly has never said anything - not one thing - about Hamas, even when we all agree Hamas' behavior undermines any prospects for peace".

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. "Your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colors". "It tells us what side you are on - the side that does not care about the lives of innocent Israelis and innocent Palestinians who have fallen victim to the terrorists of Hamas".

"This is a very important achievement for the US and Israel".

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. The ambassador for Saudi Arabia was fierce in his criticism of Israel.

Both Greenblatt and Haley have stepped up their criticism of Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007. 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.

"The UN has a chance to condemn Hamas for the first time", Haley tweeted Thursday. "If the United Nations fails to do so, its lack of credibility will speak for itself".

Danon said there has been a great deal of cooperation with the United States in capitals around the world to mobilize support for the measure.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party has been locked in a power struggle with Hamas, welcomed the resolution's defeat saying, "The Palestinian presidency will not allow for the condemnation of the national Palestinian struggle".

"The draft condemnation of Hamas in the UN General Assembly received a sweeping majority by countries that stood against Hamas", Netanyahu said.

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

Netanyahu has been under fire in recent weeks for his perceived soft stance toward Hamas - criticism that nearly brought down his government.

Netanyahu defended his decision Thursday shortly before pictures of the stacks of hundred dollar bills arriving in Gaza were circulated on social media. "My goal there was to first get quiet and then see if we can have a longer-term arrangement".