For the first time, the pursuit of the US to get the support of the United Nations support for denouncing violence by the Palestinian militant group Hamas failed on Thursday. It happened as the draft resolution wasn’t able to secure the required number of votes in the General Assembly.
In order to pass the resolution, it needed two-third support. Even though the Assembly resolutions are invalid, it can carry great political weight. The US text received 87 votes in favor of it; whereas 58 voted against it. 16 nations didn’t vote.
During an earlier routine motion requested by Kuwait, the 193-member body carefully voted in order to reach two-third support and not a clean majority for approval of the draft resolution.
On Monday, retiring U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley had written to member states to request them to vote for the U.S.-drafted text and cautioning them that the United States would be taking the result of this vote very seriously. Before the vote, Haley told the body that since the General Assembly can conclusively promote compromise and appeasement between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, definitely and completely, condemn Hamas terrorism.
The United States is working on a much-awaited plan to mediate peace between Israel and the Palestinians; however, the Palestinians and doubt the Trump administration of siding with Israel on core issues.