Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United Nations Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

United Nations Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

The U.N. General Assembly has approved a Palestinian-backed resolution blaming Israel for violence in Gaza after narrowly rejecting a USA demand to add an amendment condemning attacks on Israel by Gaza's Hamas rulers.

The resolution passed by a vote of 120-8 with 45 countries abstaining. But General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak declared that under an assembly rule, a two-thirds majority was needed so the amendment failed.

The draft resolution being considered Wednesday was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries.

At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during protests near the border with Gaza that began at the end of March.

Haley expressed optimism, however, about the number of countries that supported the US amendment to condemn Hamas.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said they "welcome the American amendment condemning the terrorists of Hamas".

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 draft General Assembly resolution calls for "immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip".

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

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The General Assembly vote on Wednesday garnered fewer votes in favor than a similar one in December that rejected President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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

The U.S.' support for Israel during the recent uptick in violence on the Gaza-Israel border has been criticized by many human rights groups.

The draft resolution proposed by Arab and Islamic countries deplores "any excessive use of force" by Israeli forces, particularly in Gaza, and demands that Israel "refrain from such actions".

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.

Palestinians had been protesting near the Gaza border since spring, denouncing Israeli occupation and the blockade of the Gaza Strip, and also demanding the right to return to the areas they were expelled from in 1948, after Israel was established.

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

Amid worldwide condemnation of its use of lethal force, Israel said numerous dead were militants and that the Israeli army was repelling attacks on the border fence between Israel and Gaza.

Israel's use of potentially lethal force against the protesters has drawn global criticism.

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