Palestinian women hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip border with Israel on May 4,…
The Palestinian Terror Group Hamas has taunted the U.S. after the U.N. General Assembly failed this week to adopt a U.S. resolution condemning the militant group’s rocket attacks against Israel.
The US-led resolution would have condemned Hamas for repeatedly firing the rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk. “It would also have demanded that Hamas” and other militant actors, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, “cease all provocative and violent actions; and condemn Hamas efforts to construct tunnels to infiltrate Israel and launch rockets into civilian areas.
But after a procedural move by Kuwait and Bolivia, the body adopted a rule that meant the resolution needed a two-thirds majority to be adopted. The resolution ultimately picked up a majority of 87 votes in support and 58 against – with 32 abstentions.
UN SCORCHED BY HALEY, ISRAEL AS MEMBER STATES SHIELD HAMAS FROM CONDEMNATION
According to The Jerusalem Post, Hamas said the US
Hamas senior official, Khalil al-Haya, said that the result was a “victory for the Palestinian resistance in spite of American bullying . “He also thanked countries that voted against the resolution for preventing” the US administration and Israel from criminalizing Palestinian resistance. “
Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab also believed that the failure of the US resolution was a” severe blow ” to the US and Israel, The Post reported Saturday.
On Thursday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley ripped into the General Assembly for its failure to adopt the resolution.
“We can not talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism, “Haley said.” The UN had a chance to do that today, and it failed. “
“You should be ashamed of yourselves, wait until you have to deal with terrorism in your own countries,” Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told the General Assembly after the vote. “Your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colors. “
Ahead of the vote, Haley accused those pushing for that threshold of double standards and noted that the UN had never once condemned Hamas by name – despite passing 700 resolutions blasting Israel.
Noting Hamas’ control of Gaza since 2007, she accused the militant group of turning the territory into a police state with arbitrary arrests and torture of political prisoners. In a particularly dramatic moment, she appealed to Arab states to back the resolution and move past their hatred of Israel.
“I want to take a personal moment, and ask my Arab brothers and sisters: Is the hatred t hat strong? Is de haat tegenover Israel zo sterk dat je een terroristorganisatie zal verdedigen? ” Zij vraagt. ‘Een dat rechtstreeks schade doet aan de Palestijnse mensen? Is het tijd om dat te laten gaan?’
Fox News ‘Ben Evansky contributed to this report.