Diplomacy

U.S. Urging Europeans to Support UN Resolution Condemning Hamas

The United States is urging European nations to support a United Nations resolution that condemns Hamas, the terrorist group that has complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told reporters that U.S. diplomats were working on language for the resolution with their European counterparts.

The resolution “condemns Hamas for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence” and “demands that Hamas and other militant actors cease all provocative actions and violent activity,” according to text in a draft seen by AFP.

In May, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley blasted the UN Security Council for failing to agree on a resolution condemning Hamas for launching rockets into Israel.

According to Danon, it is Haley who is pushing for passage of the resolution condemning Hamas, Ynet reported.

“The efforts and diplomatic activity to promote the draft resolution condemning Hamas stresses Haley’s steadfast support of Israel,” Danon told Ynet.

“Through joint efforts we have managed to change the hostile approach against Israel at the UN. Now the time has come to recruit the world to join us in our fight against terror,” he continued.

Danon concluded, “Hamas is a deadly terror organization, which must be dealt with on all fronts, and especially in the diplomatic arena.”

Two weeks ago, Haley announced that the U.S. would no longer abstain and would vote against a resolution condemning Israel for its presence on the Golan Heights. In announcing the intended vote, Haley explained, “The resolution is plainly biased against Israel. Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone.”

Even though the Palestinian Authority is being challenged by Hamas, the PA is fighting the resolution, which will be introduced Thursday, the 71st anniversary of the UN Partition Plan, which paved the way for the Jewish State.

The Jerusalem Post explained that even though the Jews accepted the partition plan and the Arabs rejected it, the UN has declared November 29 the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. The day is usually observed by passing numerous anti-Israel resolutions.

Danon told the Post, “Everyone is used to resolutions against Israel in the General Assembly, and suddenly here is one against Hamas.”

The Israeli ambassador praised Haley for fighting the anti-Israel bias at the UN during her two years in the post, and said that if the resolution passes, it would be an appropriate “parting gift.”

“The fact that now people are talking about Hamas, and that the Palestinian Authority – we all know about its relations with Hamas – is sweating to explain why they are suddenly in favor of Hamas, means we have already won,” he said.

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