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