Published: Fri, December 07, 2018

United Nations rejects first attempt to condemn Hamas

United Nations rejects first attempt to condemn Hamas

The proposed measure won 87 votes in the General Assembly, falling short of the required two-thirds majority.

A number of States explained their reasons for voting against the resolution.

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

Despite the failure of the vote to pass, after a last-minute request by Kuwait to require a two-thirds majority, Israeli leaders still feted the wide show of support for their position against the terror group.

In an official statement, Hamas thanked United Nations member states "that stood by our people's resistance and the justice of their cause" and attacked Haley who it said "is known for her extremism and her positions that support the Zionist terrorism in Palestine".

The resolution failed to be adopted Thursday as it could not garner two-thirds support in the General Assembly.

The Trump administration has been a strong supporter of Israel, recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and this year moving the United States embassy there from Tel Aviv.

She described the two-thirds decision, which passed by just a handful of votes, as "unfair" adding that the Hamas resolution was an opportunity for States to "do the right thing".

Officers from Hamas national security force chant Islamic slogans while holding their rifles up during a parade against Israeli security arrangements on the Temple Mount, in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon put a positive note on the result, arguing that the resolution would have been adopted "had it not been hijacked by a political move of procedure".

"This resolution was really just an attempt to weaponise the United Nations against the Palestinian people, against their legitimate rights", he told Al Jazeera.

"Hamas calls on all states that stood with the American administration and the Israeli occupation in the United Nations to review their positions and correct their historic and risky mistake", the terror group said on its official website.

In a statement early Friday, Hamas thanked the states that voted against the resolution and rebuked those who voted in favor.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's office also praised the draft resolution's failure, despite a bitter intra-Palestinian rivalry with Hamas over control of Gaza.

Germany voted in favor of the draft resolution.

It was the first proposed resolution condemning Hamas to be presented to the 193-nation assembly, which has been meeting since 1946.

Israel captured Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war but withdrew in 2005, while holding onto most of the separate West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule. In speeches, Iran said the resolution was based on "deception" and ignored the "illegal occupation" by Israel. "To its shame, the General Assembly has avoided the truth of Hamas terrorism for far too long".

The Palestinians have severed ties with the Trump administration after the decision a year ago to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and declare the city Israel's capital. 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.

It outlined the basis for comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace and referred to a December 2016 Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law.

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