[Ed. – UN continues to make itself irrelevant as well as meaninless.]
It would have been unprecedented: A decision by the U.N. General Assembly to include strong and direct condemnation of Hamas in an Islamic bloc-drafted resolution critical of Israel.
And in New York on Wednesday the United States came closer than ever before to achieving it, when a vote to insert its amendment secured a 62-58 result, with 42 abstentions.
Failing to achieve a two-thirds majority, however, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s amendment was not included when the resolution, sponsored by Turkey, Algeria and the “State of Palestine, came for a vote.
That text, which did not mention Hamas by name, passed by 120 votes to eight, with 45 countries abstaining. Joining the U.S. and Israel in opposing the measure were Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo.
“Today the U.N. made the morally bankrupt judgment that the recent Gaza violence is all Israel’s fault,” Haley said afterwards.
Still, pointing to the support her amendment had drawn, she argued that “the common practice of turning a blind eye to the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias is changing.”