How the UN missed a historic chance to condemn terrorism
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
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