Haley Pushes Ahead With First-Ever UN Resolution Condemning Hamas

CNS News | 12/3/2018 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – Weeks before she leaves her post at the U.N., Ambassador Nikki Haley is driving a concerted push to have the world body, for the first time ever, adopt a resolution condemning Hamas by name.

The chances of passage through the General Assembly – which on Friday alone adopted six separate resolutions condemning Israel – look slim, despite an agreement by the 28-member European Union to support the U.S.-drafted measure.

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Even though it targets its ostensible rival Fatah, the Palestinian faction led by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, opposes the Hamas resolution.

Adoption requires 97 votes in the 193-member UNGA, and the so-called “non-aligned” nations which comprise a majority in the assembly customarily follow the Palestinians’ lead in such votes.

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A vote is expected this week.

“Each country will be asked to vote for or against the activities of Hamas, along with other militant groups like Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” the U.S. Mission said in a statement. “If the U.N. cannot bring itself to adopt this resolution, then it has no business being involved in peace discussions.”

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The text condemns Hamas for firing rockets into Israel, inciting violence, and for diverting resources for terror activities including the building of tunnels to infiltrate Israel.

The preamble reaffirms support for Israeli-Palestinian peace, “bearing in mind relevant U.N. resolutions,” and says violence and incitement “only serve to erode trust and hinder efforts to bring about a peaceful solution.”

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Queries sent to the Palestinian observer mission in New York brought no response by press time, but a senior Fatah official confirmed at the weekend that the organization opposes the resolution.

Despite Hamas’ actions to undermine the P.A., “we nevertheless totally reject American-Israeli efforts to brand Hamas with terrorism at the U.N. and we will fight to defeat this resolution,” said spokesman Usama Qawasmi.

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The official P.A. news agency WAFA quoted Qawasmi as saying the...
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