Pales­tini­ans hail fail­ure of U.N. res­o­lu­tion to con­demn Ha­mas

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

OC­CU­PIED JERUSALEM: Pales­tini­ans Fri­day hailed the fail­ure of a U.S. res­o­lu­tion to con­demn Ha­mas at the United Nations for fir­ing rock­ets at Is­rael as a global sup­port for Pales­tinian rights.

Ha­mas praised the re­sult, de­scrib­ing it as a “slap” to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The fail­ure of the Amer­i­can ven­ture at the United Nations rep­re­sents a slap to the U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion and con­fir­ma­tion of the le­git­i­macy of the re­sis­tance,” Ha­mas spokesman Sami Abu Zahri tweeted, re­fer­ring to mil­i­tant groups that op­pose Is­rael.

The U.S. draft, cham­pi­oned by Am­bas­sador Nikki Haley, won 87 votes in the Gen­eral Assem­bly Thurs­day com­pared to 58 against but fell short of a re­quired twothirds ma­jor­ity.

Thirty-two coun­tries ab­stained. In an un­usual move, Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas, a long­time ri­val of Ha­mas, also wel­comed the vote’s fail­ure.

Ab­bas spokesman Na­bil Abu Ru­daineh, said in a state­ment Fri­day that the draft’s de­feat was a mes­sage that “all the con­spir­a­cies against the Pales­tinian lead­er­ship and le­git­i­macy will not pass.”

The Fatah Move­ment and Ha­mas have been at log­ger­heads since the Is­lamists seized control of Gaza in 2007, al­though Egypt has been lead­ing ef­forts to rec­on­cile them.

“The U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fail­ure to pass the draft res­o­lu­tion ac­cus­ing the Pales­tinian side [of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence] and ex­on­er­at­ing the Is­raeli side from crimes com­mit­ted against the Pales­tinian peo­ple … proves again the force of the Pales­tinian right and the Pales­tinian lead­er­ship’s suc­cess at the global level,” spokesman Youssef alMah­moud was quoted as say­ing by state news agency WAFA.

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

The Euro­pean Union, like the United States, black­lists Ha­mas as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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

Is­raeli Prime Minister Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu praised the vote for hav­ing ma­jor­ity back­ing even if it failed to win enough sup­port to pass.

“This is the first time that a ma­jor­ity of coun­tries have voted against Ha­mas and I com­mend each of the 87 coun­tries that took a prin­ci­pled stand.

“I thank the Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion and U.S. Am­bas­sador to the U.N. Nikki Haley for the ini­tia­tive,” Ne­tanyahu said in an English-lan­guage state­ment.

Haley, who steps down from her post at the end of the year, has re­peat­edly ac­cused the United Nations of hav­ing an anti-Is­rael bias.

She has de­fended the Jewish state in its lat­est con­fronta­tion with Ha­mas, the move­ment which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007 and has fought three dev­as­tat­ing wars with Is­rael since then.

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