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In a blow to Israel’s right to self-defense the United Nations General Assembly voted not to condemn Hamas violence and in favor of international protection for the Palestinian people along the Gaza border, in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The dramatic three hour debate ended on Wednesday evening with resounding applause for the Palestinians as a resolution that censured Israeli actions in Gaza with 45 abstentions and no mention of Hamas.
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An American amendment condemning Hamas was struck down, even though it had a slim majority, 62-58 and 42 abstentions. The vote just barely fell short of the required two-thirds majority to pass.
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Prior to the vote, United States Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said that her country’s amendment “reflects the minimum truth of what is going on in Gaza. It is the least that any self-respecting international organization or nation can do for the cause of peace.”
“To those who are unsure about how to vote, I ask, what part of our amendment is objectionable? Is it objectionable to condemn Hamas for firing the rockets at civilians?” Haley asked.
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“Today’s choice for the General Assembly is simple. It is the choice between using our time here to advance peace and security, or using it to stoke hatred and conflict. This vote will tell us much about which countries are serious about accuracy and reconciliation and which countries are bound by their political agendas,” she said.
Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon told the General Assembly prior to Haley's statement that if the UN...
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