The Debate - US Hamas Enmity

The Debate - US Hamas Enmity

The Debate - US Hamas Enmity

While 87 countries backed the motion, compared to 57 that rejected it (with 33 abstentions), it did not meet a 2/3 majority requirement that was put in place - with the support of a group of Arab nations - just before the vote. The US text does not refer specifically to the two-state solution. United Nations envoy Nikki Haley's final actions in the worldwide body before she departs her post at year's end.

The Palestinians sought to thwart the USA move by presenting an amendment to the U.S. 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.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said that the resolution had been a chance for "UN redemption" and that those who had voted against it "should be ashamed of themselves".

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.

He termed the vote against US-sponsored resolution as a victory in defiance of forces of tyranny in the world.

The United States had won crucial backing from the European Union, with all 28 countries supporting the U.S. measure that would have condemned Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and demanded an end to the violence. "I thank the American administration and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for the initiative", he said in a statement on Thursday.

"Our four countries will vote against the resolution".

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be "taking names" of countries that oppose President Donald Trump's foreign policy.

The European Union, like the United States, blacklists Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

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European Union backing for the United States measure buttressed Haley's stance.

"She would like to go out with something", said a Security Council diplomat.

The resolution required two-thirds support and while Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they can carry political weight.

The US defeat at the General Assembly came as the Trump administration prepares to unveil long-awaited peace proposals, possibly in the first months of next year. "We will not allow that to happen - exactly one year ago today at my direction the United States recognized the true capital of Israel and quickly moved".

The Gaza Strip, home to two million Palestinians, has been under a crippling Israeli blockade for more than a decade.

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 global law.

This resolution was the first condemning Hamas that the 193-nation assembly had considered.

Then the General Assembly went on to approve another measure demanding "an end to the Israeli occupation" and a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders.

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