Palestinian militants of the Islamist movement Hamas' military wing Al-Qassam Brigades.
(photo credit: SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Palestinian factions have expressed deep satisfaction over the failure of a US-sponsored resolution condemning Hamas for “repeatedly firing rockets at Israel and for inciting violence.”
A procedural vote at the UN General Assembly calling for the US resolution to be decided by a two-thirds majority passed before the main vote. Although 87 voted in favor, 58 voted against, with 32 abstentions, the resolution failed under the two-thirds ruling.
Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions said that the failure of the UN to support the resolution was a “slap in the face of America” and a “victory for the Palestinian resistance.”
Hamas’s senior official, Khalil al-Haya, said that the failure of the US resolution was an “uplift for the Palestinian resistance.” Hamas, he said, “will remain committed to the option of resistance, which has been endorsed by the Palestinians.”
The failure of the US resolution, he added, is a “victory for the Palestinian resistance in spite of American bullying.” The Hamas official thanked the countries that opposed the US resolution and “prevented the US administration and Israel from criminalizing the Palestinian resistance.”
Addressing the countries that voted in favor of the anti-Hamas resolution, he said: “Shame on you for supporting the executioner against the victim.”
In a statement issued in the Gaza Strip last Thursday, Hamas said that the UN should be condemning Israel, and not Hamas, for terrorism.
Hamas said that the failure of the US resolution was a “big victory for the Palestinians and a terrible failure for the American policy of hegemony and domination.”
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh hailed the failure of the US resolution as an “important achievement for all Palestinians, including the resistance groups.” He thanked the Palestinian Authority and its envoy to the UN for their efforts to thwart the resolution.
Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab said the failure of the US resolution was a “severe blow” to the US and Israel, and that all those who voted in favor “should feel ashamed of their hypocrisy and ignorance of the reality.”
The PLO’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine also expressed joy over the failure of the US resolution, describing the result of the vote as a “slap in the face of the US administration” and a “huge victory for the Palestinian resistance.”
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