UNGA Adopts Resolution Calling for End to Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

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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.

India was among the 32 countries that abstained from voting on the resolution which would have condemned Hamas for "repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk", and for its use of resources in Gaza to construct military infrastructure including tunnels to infiltrate Israel and equipment to launch rockets into civilian areas.

Kuwait had asked the assembly, on behalf of Arab countries, to require a two-thirds majority, which was narrowly endorsed by a vote of 75 in favor, including European Union countries, 72 against and 26 abstentions.

Haniyeh also appreciated the efforts put in by the Palestinian Authority through its ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour, pointing out that the rejection of the US-drafted resolution strongly indicated that national concern is capable of uniting the Palestinian nation in facing of ongoing challenges.

"The draft condemnation of Hamas in the UN General Assembly received a sweeping majority by countries that stood against Hamas", Netanyahu said.

But before the vote on the USA draft resolution, Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Llorenty Soliz withdrew the amendment.

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Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told The Jerusalem Post prior to the vote - which took place after the Post went to print - that the American-sponsored resolution had the votes to pass by a simple majority. "I thank the American administration and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for the initiative".

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are non-binding, however, they carry political weight and are seen as a barometer of world opinion.

Bahr then congratulated Palestinians and Hamas resistance movement for the great victory on the global level, calling on people from all strata of the Palestinian society to unite, end division and vigorously support resistance movements.

"The broad support from the world demonstrates the changes we have made in the UN", Danon said. Support from the Arab states is considered crucial to getting it launched, and the United Nations vote suggests it might get a standoffish reception.

Israel says it has no choice but to enforce its blockade to defend itself against Hamas, which calls for Israel's destruction and has used Gaza as a base for missile attacks. "Today we achieved a plurality".

Both the United States and European Union have classified Hamas as a terrorist group.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately thanked Israel's friends in the United Nations General Assembly in a statement Thursday night.

The United States is working on a long-awaited plan to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but the Palestinians are skeptical and have accused the Trump administration of siding with Israel on core issues. In recent months, the militant group has fired hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel.

It was the first proposed resolution condemning Hamas to be presented to the 193-nation assembly, which has been meeting since 1946.

"The UN has a chance to condemn Hamas for the first time", Haley tweeted Thursday.

The Saudi Arabian representative stated that, since 1967, Israel has not respected any General Assembly or Security Council resolutions, whilst Kuwait and Iran's representatives said that the resolution "ignores" and "deflects attention from" the root causes of the conflict.

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