UN Assembly approves resolution blaming Israel for Gaza violence

Frederick Owens
June 14, 2018

The 193-nation assembly is expected to vote first on the US-drafted amendment condemning Hamas for "inciting violence" along the border with Gaza before the vote on the resolution.

US ambassador Nikki Haley attempted to include an amendment that would have condemned Hamas, which failed after several procedural votes.

The draft resolution being considered Wednesday was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries.

"Advancing peace is not the goal of this resolution".

She said the US will seek an amendment condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel.

Canada's ambassador Marc-André Blanchard spoke - in addition to Haley - in favor of the USA amendment before the vote.

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Haley said in a statement afterward that "in the face of Hamas terrorists routinely inciting violence. today the United Nations made the morally bankrupt judgment that the recent Gaza violence is all Israel's fault".

The Palestinians and their supporters are asking an emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to adopt a resolution blaming Israel for recent violence in Gaza - and the U.S.is demanding that Gaza's Hamas rulers be condemned as well.

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"It is about deterring further violence from taking place", he said.

In December 128 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "It is despicable for any country to even consider to vote for a resolution condemning Israel while refusing to support the condemnation of Hamas".

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Tuesday night that he is lobbying 191 member states - all but the US and Israel - and expects to win.

It deplored the use of indiscriminate force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and the use of live ammunition against civilian protesters, including children, as well as medical personnel and journalists.

Brett Bruen, a former Obama administration official and president of Global Situation Room, told CBS News at the United Nations on Wednesday that USA actions in the Middle East are "costly for Israel, which has grown further isolated" as the US irritates allies and emboldens adversaries.

Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the USA in voting against the resolution. The rioting and violence along the border between Israel and Palestinian-controlled Gaza involved attacking Israeli soldiers and resulted in about 120 Palestinians being killed, most of whom were members of terror groups.

The resolution includes non-binding calls for the UN Secretary-General to come up with a mechanism to protect the Gaza civilians.

The European Union's ambassador Joanne Adamson, deputy head of the delegation to the United Nations said "Israeli security forces must refrain from the excessive use of force against unarmed civilians".

Israel's ambassador accused "anti-Israel elements" of blocking condemnation of Hamas.

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