Haley Scolds UN on Anti-Semitism as Body Fails to Condemn Hamas

U.S. fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza

A USA attempt to get the United Nations to condemn violence by Hamas terror group for the first time failed on Thursday because the draft resolution fell short of votes needed in the General Assembly.

Usually, the resolution would only need a simple majority to pass, but Arab nations led a successful vote before the official vote on the resolution to require a two-thirds majority for approval.

"While it did not achieve a two-thirds majority, 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 against Hamas", Netanyahu tweeted.

The Israeli diplomat also thanked his United States counterpart, Ambassador Nikki Haley, for her "close cooperation in fighting for the truth that led to the formation of an unprecedented coalition for Israel and against terrorism".

If adopted, it would mark the first time the 193-nation assembly has taken aim at Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

The U.S. resolution sought to chide Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and infiltrating the country with underground tunnels, and called for an end to the violence.

Diplomats say the USA administration has lobbied hard to win votes.

On Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley ripped into the General Assembly for its failure to adopt the resolution.

He termed the vote against US-sponsored resolution as a victory in defiance of forces of tyranny in the world.

The United Nations failed to pass a US resolution condemning Hamas and other militant groups for their activities against Israel in Gaza.

In a particularly dramatic moment, she appealed to Arab states to back the resolution and move past their hatred of Israel.

Although some questioned why India wouldn't condemn Hamas as a terrorist organisation, New Delhi's position was complex and well thought through.

US President Donald Trump has chose to name State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the ambassador to the United Nations, a source.

"She would like to go out with something", said a Security Council diplomat of the USA -drafted resolution.

Saudi Arabia's U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, reflecting the Arab view, said the USA resolution would "undermine the two-state solution which we aspire to".

General Assembly resolutions aren't binding, so the vote has little practical effect.

The Palestinians have severed ties with the Trump administration since the decision a year ago to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem and declare the city Israel's capital.

The U.S. administration has also cut more than $500 million in Palestinian aid.

Then the General Assembly went on to approve another measure demanding "an end to the Israeli occupation" and a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders.

The adoption of the resolution came after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week urged Israel and Palestine to peacefully resolve their conflict by supporting the two-state solution plan that envisages an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, west of the Jordan River.

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