U.N. General Assembly condemns Israeli violence against Palestinians

U.N. General Assembly condemns Israeli violence against Palestinians

In a blow to Israel's right to self-defense the United Nations General Assembly voted not to condemn Hamas violence and in favor of worldwide protection for the Palestinian people along the Gaza border, in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

The assembly then voted on the original Palestinian-backed resolution which was approved by a vote of 120-8 with 45 abstentions. A bid by the United States to present an amendment condemning Hamas failed to garner the two-third majority needed for adoption.

Arab and Islamic nations then made a decision to seek a vote on virtually the identical resolution at Wednesday's emergency meeting of the General Assembly, where there are no vetoes. "Everyone recognizes that. But advancing peace is not the goal of this resolution".

Former commander of the Gaza Division Brigadier-General Eyal Eisenberg has said Israel should change the way it deals with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyWhat you need to know about Tuesday's elections South Carolina Gov. McMaster heads to runoff What to watch in Tuesday's primary elections MORE voted against the motion, and sharply denounced the vote as "morally bankrupt" in a statement.

Kushner and Greenblatt also have laid the blame for violence on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip exclusively on Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza.

The General Assembly largely ignored Trump's threats at the time to cut off aid to any country that went against the United States and voted 128-9 to denounce the USA president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and declare it "null and void".

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"Our amendment takes a biased and unbalanced resolution and pushes the resolution in the right direction", she said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who introduced the amendment to blame Hamas, criticized the UNGA for focusing on violence in Israel instead of in Nicaragua, Yemen or Myanmar. "It is despicable for any country to even consider to vote for a resolution condemning Israel while refusing to support the condemnation of Hamas". That vote was 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions.

The resolution stated it "deplores the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip", citing Israel's use of live ammunition against protesters and the deaths of a journalist and medical personnel.

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. "It is a call to the secretary-general to come up with his recommendations on how to protect civilians from further attack".

Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the U.S. in voting against the resolution.

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

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