Critical resolution on hamas without majority

Critical resolution on hamas without majority

A resolution condemning the radical islamic palastinian organization hamas for its rocket attacks on israel failed to get the required majority in the UN general assembly.

It would have been the first time that the 193-member general assembly directly condemned hamas. Hamas called the result a "slap in the face to the U.S. Government". The U.S. Condemned the outcome of the vote.

87 countries, including germany, voted for the resolution on thursday, 58 against, 32 abstained. Previously, the committee had decided by a narrow majority that the resolution would require a two-thirds vote.

Israel, EU and USA classify hamas as terrorist organization. It has set its sights on the destruction of israel. Hamas took power in the gaza strip by force in 2007.

The one-page draft accuses hamas of "instigating violence and thereby putting civilians in danger.". Provocations and acts of violence had to stop, it says. Also mentioned are the arson attacks by palastinians, some of them flying kites and balloons into israel.

U.S. Ambassador nikki haley had called the paper an "essential step" toward peace in the middle east and urged all U.N. Member countries to vote for it. However, resolutions of the body are not legally binding, unlike those of the security council.

A hamas spokesman said the result was "a confirmation of the legitimacy of the resistance and a gross political support for the palastinian people and the palastinian cause.".

Israel’s prime minister benjamin netanyahu, despite losing the vote, was pleased with the simple majority for the resolution – although it was not enough for adoption. "This is the first time that a majority of the countries voted against hamas," netanyahu said. "This is a very important achievement for the US and israel."

Palastinian UN ambassador rijad mansur praised the result. "Violence and terror are a significant aspect of this conflict, as in other conflicts around the world," mansur shared. "But we reject cynical attempts to reduce the palastina issue to a matter of violence and terror." Misrepresentations ignored "the cause of the conflict and the recurring crises: the illegal israeli occupation".

U.S. Secretary of state mike pompeo sharply criticized the outcome of the vote. "Just days after hamas arbitrarily fired thousands of rockets at israel’s citizens, the UN could not come up with a resolution condemning this gang of terrorists," he wrote on twitter. "This is another disgraceful act of bias against the jewish state."

U.S. Middle east mediator jason greenblatt wrote on twitter: "hamas hurts israelis, palastinians and peace. When will the UN tell the truth?"

Israel conquered the west bank and east jerusalem during the 1967 six-day war. The palastinians, however, want the territories for a state of their own with east jerusalem as its capital.

Under president donald trump, the U.S. Is taking a strongly pro-israeli course at the UN. It pulled out of the UN human rights council and the cultural organization unesco amid accusations of anti-israeli tendencies. They also recognized jerusalem as israel’s capital, moved their embassy there and cut millions in aid for palastinians. Despite these controversial measures, trump has announced a plan for peace between israelis and palastinians in early 2019.