US draft res­o­lu­tion against Ha­mas fails to re­ceive two-thirds of votes

Draft re­ceived votes from 87 coun­tries in favour, 58 were against, 32 ab­stained, 16 oth­ers did not vote

The Daily News Egypt - - Business -

The UN gen­eral as­sem­bly re­jected a draft res­o­lu­tion by the US, con­demn­ing the Pales­tinian Ha­mas move­ment, for fir­ing rock­ets at Is­rael.

This came af­ter the res­o­lu­tion did not re­ceive the votes of the twothirds ma­jor­ity, as re­quired.

The draft re­ceived votes from 87 coun­tries in favour of it, while 58 were against it, 32 coun­tries ab­stained, and 16 oth­ers did not vote.

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

Ha­mas praised the out­come of the vote, de­scrib­ing it as a ‘slap’ to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Is­raeli Prime Minister Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu com­mented on the fail­ure of the draft say­ing that, al­though it did not re­ceive the sup­port of two-thirds of coun­tries, it was the first time to see “wide sup­port among na­tions” stand­ing against Ha­mas.

He also hailed the ma­jor­ity which voted in favour of the draft, the Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion, and US am­bas­sador to the UN, Nikki Ha­ley for it.

On the other hand, the Pales­tinian pres­i­dency wel­comed the fail­ure of the US draft res­o­lu­tion in an of­fi­cial state­ment, and thanked the coun­tries that voted against the de­ci­sion, say­ing it was an at­tempt to con­demn the “Pales­tinian na­tional re­sis­tance”.

Ha­ley, who will step down from her post at the end of the year, has re­peat­edly ac­cused the UN of hav­ing an anti-Is­rael bias.

US am­bas­sador to the UN, Nikki Ha­ley

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