United Nations to vote on Haley's last stand: Condemning Hamas

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hailed majority backing in the UN General Assembly for condemning militant group Hamas even though a draft resolution failed to win enough votes to pass.

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be "taking names" of countries that oppose President Donald Trump's foreign policy.

The real game was played not in the final vote but one prior to determine the procedure by which the final resolution would be adopted - whether by simple majority or by a two-thirds majority.

"Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism", Haley told the body before the vote.

"Is the hatred toward Israel so strong that you'll defend a terrorist organization?" she asked.

Hamas, which won the last Palestinian legislative elections in 2006, says it's the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and is engaged in resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Israel and Hamas have gone to war three times. "For true peace and security in the entire region, isn't it time for both sides to let this go?"

The Palestinians sought to thwart the USA move by presenting an amendment to the U.S. text to include a reference to United Nations resolutions that condemn Israeli settlements, call for negotiations on East Jerusalem and pledge support for the two-state solution. It also reaffirmed "unwavering support" for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - issues not included in the USA draft.

The Comprehensive, Just and Lasting Peace in the Middle East resolution sponsored by Ireland urges to end the occupation of Palestinian territories by the state of Israel and reaffirms its support for the two-state solution.

It was still significant that a majority of countries in the General Assembly voted to condemn Hamas - a first in the history of the UN.

The Hamas leader further noted that the vote against the US-drafted resolution is a tremendous achievement for the Palestinian people and all brotherly countries.

"We thank the U.S., we thank Ambassador Haley for her strong support", he further added.

He said Hamas exploits the people of Gaza, adding that the organisation is in flagrant violation of global law.

Hamas's senior official, Khalil al-Haya, said that the result was a "victory for the Palestinian resistance in spite of American bullying".

It was the first draft resolution condemning Hamas to be presented to the 193-nation assembly, which has been meeting since 1946.

Yet the fact remains that the UN continues to ignore terrorism directed against Israel - a maddening double standard that, as Haley declared, "is a condemnation of the United Nations itself".

The two-thirds majority that prevented passage of the resolution was advanced by Kuwait on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, and approved by a 75-72 vote with 26 abstentions.

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