The Significance of the US Israel Failure at the UN General Assembly

Leroy Wright
December 8, 2018

A U.S. resolution championed by Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the Palestinian Hamas movement at the United Nations for firing rockets at Israel failed to win enough votes for adoption on Thursday.

While the majority of the U.N.'s general assembly voted for the resolution Thursday, the United States and outgoing ambassador Nikki Haley were outflanked procedurally, losing a vote beforehand requiring a two-thirds approval for the resolution to pass, instead of a simple majority.

The resolution required two-thirds support and while Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they can carry political weight.

The Trump administration has been a strong supporter of Israel, recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and this year moving the United States embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Haley, who steps down from her post at the end of the year, has repeatedly accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias and has defended Israel in its latest confrontation with Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

It also said the vote against resolution, was a "slap" to Trump's administration.

Haley said that, in an average year, the UN General Assembly votes on a resolution opposing Israel twenty times.

At one protest in Khan Younis, a town in southern half of the coastal enclave, hundreds of Palestinians marched through the streets, with many hoisting Palestinian flags.

It was the first time a United Nations resolution specifically targeted Hamas.

He thanked Kuwait, the Islamic Republic of Iran and all countries that rejected the resolution, saying, "Shame on all those who tend to please Israel". The Times of Israel called the failure a "crushing defeat to Israel and its American ally after weeks of diplomacy".

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Prior to that she had been part of an organised group heading through South America for six weeks. She had previously been in "constant contact" with her family using messaging service 'WhatsApp'.

It called for "the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East" on the basis of United Nations resolutions, singling out the December 2016 measure, and reaffirms "unwavering support. for the two-state solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders". "Israel has no respect for this organization of which it is a member".

Hamas said the failure to pass the resolution was "a serious failure for the "bullying policy" of the Trump administration adopted in the region".

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. The ambassador for Saudi Arabia was fierce in his criticism of Israel.

He added that the measure would take the world's attention away from the main issues in the conflict, namely the Israeli occupation, illegal Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank and the siege on the Palestinian territories, including Gaza.

Following the failure of the US-sponsored resolution, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution proposed by Ireland which called for "the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions", including Resolution 2334.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon nevertheless hailed the vote as a "historic achievement" - in that a "record number" of countries got behind an anti-Hamas resolution.

He said Washington has emboldened Israel to continue its "inhuman practices" against Palestinians in clear violation of global law.

Top Photo | United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley arrives for a security council at United Nations headquarters, November 26, 2018.

"Peace must be built on truth", she emphasized.

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