Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

Before the voting, US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley said that despite more than 500 General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel, not one condemning Hamas has ever been adopted.

The U.S. urged a simple majority vote on the resolution but just before the final vote, Kuwait and Bolivia were able to get a narrow majority to adopt a rule requiring a two-thirds majority for the resolution's passage which ensured its failure. "Just last Friday there was no decision that resolutions under this same agenda item had to be adopted by a two-thirds vote". It also reaffirmed "unwavering support" for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - issues not included in the US draft.

A Hamas spokesman also called the outcome a "slap" to President Donald Trump's administration.

The results of a vote are seen on display boards at the General Assembly hall, on December 21, 2017, at UN Headquarters in NY.

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

After the USA draft on Hamas failed to win adoption, the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Irish resolution by a vote of 156-6, with 12 abstentions. It condemns Israeli homes in the West Bank 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". The Times of Israel called the failure a "crushing defeat to Israel and its American ally after weeks of diplomacy".

Ahead of the vote, Haley accused those pushing for that threshold of double standards and noted that the United Nations had never once condemned Hamas by name - despite passing 700 resolutions blasting Israel.

According to one member of the political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Jamil Mezhir, the result at the United Nations is a strike against the USA and Israel who have been trying to "criminalize the Palestinian national resistance".

The Kuwaiti representative, speaking on behalf of the Arab bloc, condemned violence and extremism but expressed concern that the US draft resolution skirted any mention of a two-state solution and sought only to condemn one party in the conflict. It is also an indication that a majority of United Nations member states do not believe that the issue can be resolved by Israeli force and propaganda imposing a solution on the Palestinians. "Your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colors".

That is why Israel's Ambassador at the United Nations, resorted to calling legitimate resistance "evil" in his response. He said it would also turn attention away from Israel's "occupation" of Palestinian territories.

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. According to Danon, who opposes the two-state solution, this was simply, "Another anti-Israel resolution".

Hamas said that the failure of the United States resolution was a "big victory for the Palestinians and a awful failure for the American policy of hegemony and domination".

US President Donald Trump has made a decision to name State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the ambassador to the United Nations, a source.

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

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