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The US attempt to condemn Hamas and demand that the militant group stop firing rockets into Israel, using "airborne incendiary devices", and putting civilians at risk sparked a Palestinian-backed amendment sponsored by Bolivia.
The General Assembly took a procedural vote before voting on the resolution, and decided that a two-thirds majority would be needed to pass it.
"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".
"This resolution was really just an attempt to weaponise the United Nations against the Palestinian people, against their legitimate rights", he told Al Jazeera. This was echoed by his counterpart with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Tala Abu Zarifa, who suggested that the failure to get the resolution adopted, "is a victory for global justice and the legitimacy of the Palestinian resistance". Hamas, he said, "will remain committed to the option of resistance, which has been endorsed by the Palestinians".
The Palestinian Liberation Organization, meanwhile, celebrated the failure of the resolution, saying it proves that the world stands with Palestinians.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says the worldwide conscience thwarted the United States-sponsored resolution to condemn the Palestinian resistance movement at the United Nations General Assembly.
"Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism", Haley told the body before the vote.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley in New Delhi. Credit PTI
It was the first proposed resolution condemning Hamas to be presented to the 193-nation assembly, which has been meeting since 1946.
Hamas said that the failure of the U.S. resolution was a "big victory for the Palestinians and a bad failure for the American policy of hegemony and domination".
In the past week, a number of Ramallah-based Palestinian officials came out against the resolution.
But the resolution that was voted on never mentioned a two-state solution or referred to Israeli actions against the Palestinians, which Ireland and others considered unbalanced.
The PLO's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine also expressed joy over the failure of the United States resolution condemning Hamas. United Nations observers are anxiously waiting for Nauert to take her position to see how a person with zero political and diplomatic experience will fare at the world's most dense diplomatic jungle.
"Palestinian unity against this resolution stresses that the real struggle is with the Israeli occupation and its allies, not against the Palestinian factions, whoever they are", insisted the deputy leader of Fatah, Mahmoud Al-Aloul. This is a decision meant purely to disrupt the adoption of the resolution that the United States has put forward.
She urged United Nations member states to take a stance against one of the "most obvious and grotesque cases of terrorism in the world", referring to the Palestinian faction.
The vote was symbolically important because, from the time Haley arrived at the U.N.in January 2017, she has made a point of trying to turn the tide of what the Trump administration considers overwhelmingly anti-Israel resolutions and this vote illustrated what an uphill battle that turned out to be. In an editorial, the paper praised Abbas and the PA leadership for their stance against the anti-Hamas resolution.
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