U.S. fails in bid for United Nations condemnation of Hamas

U.S. fails in bid for United Nations condemnation of Hamas

U.S. fails in bid for United Nations condemnation of Hamas

The vote on the resolution was 87-57 in favor with 33 abstentions, a majority below the two-thirds that was required.

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.

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

The European Union, like the United States, considers Hamas a terror group.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's released a statement following the vote praising the countries that did vote to condemn Hamas despite the resolution's failure.

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told the Reuters news agency, "Rejecting the American drafted resolution against the resistance represents a blow to the American administration and reaffirms the legitimacy of the resistance".

Resolutions at the United Nations can carry political weight but are non-binding. "The draft resolution is adopted".

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.

Thursday's resolution does not only target Hamas, he said, but rather multinational support for the Palestinian people.

"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.

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

The United States, Israel, Australia, Liberia, Marshall Islands and Nauru voted against that measure.

Haley wrote to ambassadors this week urging them to vote for the resolution, noting that every year the General Assembly adopts more than a dozen resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, but "not one of these resolutions ever mentions Hamas or other militant groups in Gaza".

Speaking ahead of the vote, Haley said the measure "would right a historic wrong" and "put the General Assembly on the side of truth and balance in the effort to achieve peace in the Middle East".

The Palestinians have long enjoyed broad support in the UN General Assembly.

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

It calls for "the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East" on the basis of United Nations resolutions, singling out the December 2016 measure, and reaffirms "unwavering support. for the two-state solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders".

Palestinians had initially sought to thwart the U.S. move by presenting an amendment to the USA text to include a reference to United Nations resolutions that condemn Israeli settlements, call for negotiations on East Jerusalem and pledge support for the two-state solution.

The amendment 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. It passed by a wide margin.

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