US res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Ha­mas fails to muster re­quired sup­port

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BY CAROL MORELLO, LOVEDAY MORRIS( C)2018, THE WASH­ING­TON POSTDEC07,2018- A res­o­lu­tion that would have con­demned the mil­i­tant group Ha­mas and its at­tacks on Is­rael failed to pass the United Nations on Thurs­day, de­spite an ag­gres­sive cam­paign by the United States and Is­rael to cast it as a vote on peace and ter­ror­ism.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Nations, ar­gued for a sim­ple ma­jor­ity vote, but a last-minute rule change was passed that fore­shad­owed the res­o­lu­tion’s fail­ure.

The vote also rep­re­sented a po­lit­i­cal dis­ap­point­ment for the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, which had lob­bied hard to get many Arab states to break away from their rou­tine sup­port of the Pales­tinian po­si­tion and sup­port the anti-ha­mas res­o­lu­tion. But all the Arab states voted against it, even those that have signed peace treaties with Is­rael.

Their re­fusal to back the U.S. res­o­lu­tion comes just weeks be­fore the White House pre­pares to un­veil a pro­posal to get Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. Sup­port from the Arab states is con­sid­ered cru­cial to get­ting it launched, and the U.N. vote sug­gests it might get a stand­off­ish re­cep­tion.

The Kuwaiti rep­re­sen­ta­tive, speak­ing on be­half of the Arab bloc, con­demned vi­o­lence and ex­trem­ism but ex­pressed con­cern that the U.S. draft res­o­lu­tion skirted any men­tion of a two-state so­lu­tion and sought only to con­demn one party in the con­flict.

Their re­fusal to back the U.S. res­o­lu­tion comes just weeks be­fore the White House pre­pares to un­veil a pro­posal to get Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble

Nikki Haley, the U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Nations

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