United Nations rejects US-drafted resolution to condemn Hamas

An Israeli soldier aims at a Palestinian protester following a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum near Nablus in the occupied West Bank

A US-sponsored draft resolution that would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

The United States has won crucial backing from the European Union, with all 28 countries set to support the US measure that condemns Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and demands an end to the violence.

The resolution ultimately picked up a plurality of 87 votes in support and 57 against - with 33 abstentions.

Last June, 62 countries voted for a US-backed amendment condemning Hamas, 58 opposed it and 42 abstained.

Kuwait had asked the assembly, on behalf of Arab countries, to require a two-thirds majority, which was narrowly endorsed by a vote of 75 in favor, including European Union countries, 72 against and 26 abstentions.

"She would like to go out with something", said a Security Council diplomat of the US-drafted resolution.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused the Arab countries behind adopting the two-thirds majority procedural rule of "double standards" and condemned the UN's failure to respond to terrorist acts against Israel.

"The General Assembly has never uttered the word in any resolution about Hamas", Ambassador Nikki Haley said.

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

It was the first-ever proposed resolution condemning Hamas to be presented to the 193-nation assembly.

"We thank the United States, we thank Ambassador Haley for her strong support", he further added.

Danon said the Palestinian demand for the resolution to pass by a two-thirds margin shows their level of concern at the precedent of the UN General Assembly - which is widely viewed as their "home court" - passing a resolution against them.

Bahr then congratulated Palestinians and Hamas resistance movement for the great victory on the worldwide level, calling on people from all strata of the Palestinian society to unite, end division and vigorously support resistance movements.

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

Shihab, in a post published on his official Twitter page, noted that Israel and the U.S. continue to spread lies by means of global bodies and meetings.

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.

"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.

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

Haniyeh, in a statement released on Friday, said the majority of world countries stood with Palestinian rights, including the right of our people to resist the Tel Aviv regime's occupation and salvation from it, against a resolution that sought to denounce the legitimate resistance of the Palestinian nation.

The resolution also encouraged "tangible steps towards intra-Palestinian reconciliation, including support of the mediation efforts of Egypt, and concrete steps to reunite the Gaza Strip and the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority and ensure its effective functioning in the Gaza Strip".

Haley called condemnation of Hamas "an essential step" to a peace settlement.

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