Hamas: Failure of USA resolution will boost 'resistance' against Israel

Lamar Ellis
December 8, 2018

The last time the United States put forth a motion condemning Hamas, in June, the vote was 62-58 in favor, with 42 abstentions - a smaller plurality that also failed to reach a 2/3 threshold.

The U.S. urged a simple majority vote on the resolution but just before the final vote, Kuwait and Bolivia were able to get a narrow majority to adopt a rule requiring a two-thirds majority for the resolution's passage which ensured its failure.

Most of the "no" votes came from the Arab and Muslim world, while much of the West backed the resolution.

A bid championed by US Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the Palestinian Hamas movement at the United Nations for firing rockets at Israel failed to secure enough votes for adoption on Thursday.

The United States had won crucial backing from the European Union, with all 28 countries supporting the USA measure that would have condemned Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and demands an end to the violence.

For the first time ever, an overwhelming plurality voted to condemn Hamas for its ongoing war of terror against Israel. They too described the result of the UN General Assembly vote as a "slap in the face of the USA administration" and a "huge victory for the Palestinian resistance".

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the "large majority" of countries "that took a stance against Hamas" for the first time in history, calling it "an important achievement for the United States and Israel".

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.

But before the vote on the US draft resolution, Bolivian Ambassador Sasha Llorentty Soliz withdrew the amendment.

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

In Rafah, protesters burned American, Israeli and United Kingdom flags in protest of the resolution. He said that all those who voted in favor of the resolution "should feel ashamed of their hypocrisy and ignorance of the reality". I thank the American administration and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for the initiative.

In this file photo taken on June 13, 2018 Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaks to the General Assembly.

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

The Israeli diplomat also thanked his U.S. counterpart, Ambassador Nikki Haley, for her "close cooperation in fighting for the truth that led to the formation of an unprecedented coalition for Israel and against terrorism".

Fatah vice chairman Mahmoud al-Aloul, vice chairman of Abbas's Fatah faction, called the resolution's failure to pass "a major Palestinian victory", in a comment posted on Fatah's official Facebook page.

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.

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