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UNGA votes against anti-Hamas resolution

Dec. 7, 2018 12:18 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 9, 2018 3:12 P.M.)
NEW YORK (Ma'an) -- The United Nations General Assembly failed to pass an anti-Hamas resolution, on Thursday, serving a crushing defeat to both the United States and Israel after weeks of diplomacy.

While the draft resolution, which was proposed by outgoing UN envoy, Nikki Haley, received 87 votes in favor, it fell short of the two-thirds super-majority needed to pass.

Additionally, 57 opposed it and 33 countries abstained and another 23 were not present.

Israeli leaders still praised the outcome as a “show of wide support” for their position against the Hamas movement.

In response to the votes regarding the draft resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the 87 countries that voted in favor of it.

Netanyahu posted a tweet, reading, "While it did not achieve a two-thirds majority, this is the first time that a majority of countries have voted against Hamas and I commend each of the 87 countries that took a principled stand against Hamas.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, also said “Today we achieved a plurality. That plurality would have been a majority if the vote had not been hijacked by a political move of procedure. For those member states that rejected this resolution, you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

The resolution, entitled “Activities of Hamas and Other Militant Groups in Gaza” would have condemned Hamas “for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk.”

The resolution would have been the first UNGA measure to specifically target Hamas, which is the de facto leading political party in the besieged Gaza Strip.

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