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(CNSNews.com) – It would have been unprecedented: A decision by the U.N. General Assembly to include strong and direct condemnation of Hamas in an Islamic bloc-drafted resolution critical of Israel.
And in New York on Wednesday the United States came closer than ever before to achieving it, when a vote to insert its amendment secured a 62-58 result, with 42 abstentions.
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Failing to achieve a two-thirds majority, however, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s amendment was not included when the resolution, sponsored by Turkey, Algeria and the “State of Palestine, came for a vote.
That text, which did not mention Hamas by name, passed by 120 votes to eight, with 45 countries abstaining. Joining the U.S. and Israel in opposing the measure were Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo.
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“Today the U.N. made the morally bankrupt judgment that the recent Gaza violence is all Israel’s fault,” Haley said afterwards.
Still, pointing to the support her amendment had drawn, she argued that “the common practice of turning a blind eye to the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias is changing.”
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“Today, a plurality of 62 countries voted in favor of the U.S.-led effort to address Hamas’s responsibility for the disastrous conditions in Gaza,” she said. “We had more countries on the right side than the wrong side. By their votes, those countries recognized that peace will only be achieved when realities are recognized, including Israel’s legitimate security interests, and the need to end Hamas’ terrorism.”
Haley’s proposed amendment said the General Assembly “condemns Hamas for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence along the boundary fence, thereby putting civilians at risk.”
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It further demanded that Hamas “cease all violent activity and provocative actions,” and condemned it for diverting resources, which could have helped the civilian population, to terror activities including rocket launches and the construction of “tunnels to infiltrate...
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