How the UN missed a his­toric chance to con­demn ter­ror­ism

The Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - COM­MENT • By DANNY DANON

On Thurs­day, the UN con­sid­ered a US-spon­sored res­o­lu­tion that con­demned Ha­mas. Al­though 87 coun­tries – a record num­ber – voted in fa­vor, this was not enough to meet the two-thirds vote re­quired for its pas­sage.

The res­o­lu­tion failed be­cause of pro­ce­dural ma­neu­ver­ings on the part of many morally bank­rupt coun­tries that failed to af­firm what is self-ev­i­dent – Ha­mas is a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion whose ac­tions de­serve un­equiv­o­cal con­dem­na­tion.

The ef­fort to act against Ha­mas at the UN be­gan as an at­tempt to cor­rect the gross dis­play that oc­curs ev­ery year at the UN on Novem­ber 29, the an­niver­sary of the 1947 vote that par­ti­tioned the Man­date for Pales­tine into Arab and Jewish states.

In­stead of cel­e­brat­ing its role in help­ing es­tab­lish the free and demo­cratic State of Is­rael, for the past four decades the Gen­eral As­sem­bly has marked this date as the In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian Peo­ple.

On this day, the world’s na­tions pub­licly pro­claim their pro-Pales­tinian bona fides while blam­ing Is­rael for all of the re­gion’s ills and eras­ing the Jewish con­nec­tion to Jerusalem. The re­sult is a se­ries of res­o­lu­tions that lay the blame for the Pales­tinian peo­ple’s con­tin­ued state­less­ness at the feet of Is­rael.

The US res­o­lu­tion was to be the im­por­tant first step for the United Na­tions in declar­ing that it is in fact Ha­mas that is the threat to the Pales­tinian peo­ple and the stability of the re­gion.

Never be­fore has the Gen­eral As­sem­bly

en­e­mies.

Re­gard­ing the Novem­ber flare-up in Gaza, Nauert de­nounced Ha­mas’s rocket at­tacks res­o­lutely, while pledg­ing sup­port to Is­rael and its right to self-de­fense.

Ad­dress­ing months of protests on the Gaza bor­der and height­ened ten­sion, Nauert said, “Let’s re­mem­ber in large part what has got­ten the Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans to this point, and that is Ha­mas. And Ha­mas bears the ul­ti­mate

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