On Dec. 6, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted on a U.S.-sponsored resolution condemning Hamas for its terrorism against Israeli citizens.
The final vote count of the UNGA resolution—the first ever condemning the Iranian-backed terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip—had 87 countries in favor and 57 nations against, with 33 countries abstaining. The measure was widely supported by members of the European Union, as well as major Latin American nations such as Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.
While the resolution achieved a majority of votes, it was not adopted due to procedural maneuvering prior to the vote by Arab states led by Kuwait—which required a two-thirds majority to pass, instead of the simple majority usually required for UNGA votes.
The resolution urged countries to push Hamas to end its terrorism and other flagrant violations of international law. The resolution also reiterated the need to work toward a sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Before the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley emphasized that while the United Nations has passed hundreds of resolutions condemning Israel, it has never passed a single resolution condemning Hamas.
After the vote, the U.S. mission to the U.N. released a statement lamenting the U.N.’s failure to condemn Hamas: “Today we spoke some hard truths. We can’t talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism. The U.N. had a chance to do that today, and it failed.”
Israel hailed the widespread support of the measure as a victory, even though the resolution was ultimately not adopted. “For the first time at the U.N., a record 87 countries condemned Hamas for its rocket fire and use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes against Israel,” Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said in a statement. He went on to thank Amb. Haley and the United States for forming “an unprecedented coalition” against Hamas.
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