US fails to win UN con­dem­na­tion of Ha­mas

The U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly re­jected a res­o­lu­tion seek­ing to con­demn Ha­mas, one of U.S. Am­bas­sador to the U.N. Nikki Ha­ley’s fi­nal acts in the in­ter­na­tional body be­fore she leaves her post

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

A U.S. at­tempt to get the United Na­tions to con­demn vi­o­lence by Pales­tinian re­sis­tance group Ha­mas for the first time failed on Thurs­day be­cause the draft res­o­lu­tion fell short of votes needed in the Gen­eral As­sem­bly. The res­o­lu­tion re­quired two-thirds sup­port and while As­sem­bly res­o­lu­tions are non-bind­ing, they can carry political weight. The U.S. text re­ceived 87 votes in fa­vor, 58 against, 32 ab­sten­tions and 16 coun­tries did not vote.

Out­go­ing U.S. Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki Ha­ley had writ­ten to mem­ber states on Mon­day to urge them to vote for the U.S.-drafted text, warn­ing them: “The United States takes the out­come of this vote very se­ri­ously.” Ha­ley, who will step down at the end of the year, has been a staunch de­fender of Is­rael.

The Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity on Fri­day wel­comed the re­jec­tion by the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly of a U.S. draft res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Pales­tinian re­sis­tance group Ha­mas. In a state­ment, the Ra­mal­lah-based au­thor­ity thanked mem­ber states that voted against the U.S. draft. “We will not al­low the con­dem­na­tion of the Pales­tinian na­tional strug­gle,” it added in the state­ment cited by the of­fi­cial Wafa news agency.

Ha­mas, for its part, thanked all mem­ber states that voted down the U.S. draft res­o­lu­tion. “This was a great vic­tory for Pales­tinian rights, Arab and Is­lamic sup­port­ers and for the free peo­ple in the world and lovers of the Pales­tinian peo­ple,” the group said in a state­ment. It de­scribed the fail­ure of the res­o­lu­tion as a “ma­jor de­feat to the U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion and its poli­cies in the re­gion.”

U.S.-Pales­tinian re­la­tions have been strained since last year when U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump uni­lat­er­ally rec­og­nized Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael, trig­ger­ing global out­cry. Pales­tini­ans have long been frus­trated with a lack of move­ment in peace ef­forts as well as anger with Pres­i­dent Trump, who they ac­cuse of be- ing un­fairly bi­ased to­ward Is­rael.

Twenty-five years af­ter the Oslo ac­cords, peace seems far out of reach for now. Peace ef­forts have been at a stand­still since a U.S.-led push col­lapsed in 2014. The U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der Trump has been forc­ing Pales­tinian fac­tions to sur­ren­der to Is­raeli de­mands and to give up the two-state so­lu­tion. Trump has been heav­ily crit­i­cized by the Pales­tini­ans for a se­ries of moves that they say show dis­tinct bias to­ward Is­rael, start­ing with his recog­ni­tion last year of Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal. His ad­min­is­tra­tion has also slashed aid to the Pales­tini­ans by hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars and ended U.S. sup­port for the U.N. agency (UNWRA) that helps Pales­tinian refugees.

Since Trump’s con­tro­ver­sial Jerusalem move, the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity has re­jected any U.S. me­di­a­tion in the Mid­dle East peace process. Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas ear­lier com­pared the ex­pected Trump peace plan to the 1917 Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion, which saw the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment com­mit to the cre­ation of a state for Jews in his­toric Pales­tine.

Pales­tini­ans raise na­tional flags and ban­ners dur­ing a demon­stra­tion against a U.S.-drafted res­o­lu­tion in the town of Rafah in the south­ern Gaza Strip, Dec. 6.

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