UNITED NATIONS – The UN General Assembly voted against a resolution sponsored by US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday to condemn the Palestinian Hamas group as a terrorist organization. The resolution says it will "support a just, lasting and inclusive peace between Israelis and Palestinians," reports Pamela Falk of CBS News.
In a symbolic step, the US resolution gained support from a majority of members, but failed due to a supermajority.
Haley had worked with the EU and other regional blocs to obtain support for the US resolution. That's what they did, Falk said.
The vote was symbolically important, since Haley's attempt to join the UN in January 201
Before the vote, Haley wrote in a letter to the diplomats that CBS News had received: "The United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously." Haley told the General Assembly before the vote that "peace must build on the truth, and to their shame the General Assembly has avoided the truth of Hamas terrorism for far too long."
Before the vote on the resolution The world's member organization had narrowly agreed to demand a two-thirds majority for the approval sought by the Arab nations, rather than the simple majority demanded by the United States ,
Haley said before the Assembly's vote that he could make history and speak out against Hamas unconditionally, calling it "one of the most obvious and grotesque cases of terrorism in the world."
But the vote on the resolution The condemnation of Hamas supported 87 replies with 57 votes against and 33 abstentions – a majority lower than the two-thirds requirement. The approval of a two-thirds majority was much closer with 75 to 72 votes, with 26 abstentions and several countries having changed their votes to "yes" at the last minute.
The US attempt to condemn Hamas and demand that the militant group stop firing rockets at Israel, use "airbrakes" and endanger civilians, triggered a Bolivian-backed Palestinian change.
Outlining the basis for a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace, he referred to a Security Council resolution of December 2016 condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a "blatant violation" of international law. She also reaffirmed "unwavering support" for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – issues not included in the US draft.
But before the vote on the US draft resolution, Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Llorenty Soliz withdrew the amendment.
This was because the Palestinians and their supporters wanted a vote on a brief, Irish-backed rival resolution that contained the exact language of the amendment.
After failing to adopt the US draft Hamas, the General Assembly approved the Irish resolution by an overwhelming majority with 156 to 6 votes in favor and 12 abstentions.
He calls for "the immediate realization of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East" based on UN resolutions, stressing the December 2016 action, and reaffirms "unwavering support … for the two state solutions of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders. "
The rival resolutions reflect the deep divide between the 193 UN member states during the decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and failure to terminate them.
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