NEW YORK (Ma’an) — The United Nations General Assembly failed to pass an anti-Hamas resolution, on Thursday, serving a crushing defeat to both the United States and Israel after weeks of diplomacy.
While the draft resolution, which was proposed by outgoing UN envoy, Nikki Haley, received 87 votes in favor, it fell short of the two-thirds super-majority needed to pass.
Additionally, 57 opposed it and 33 countries abstained and another 23 were not present.
Israeli leaders still praised the outcome as a “show of wide support” for their position against the Hamas movement.
In response to the votes regarding the draft resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the 87 countries that voted in favor of it.
Netanyahu posted a tweet, reading, "While it did not achieve a two-thirds majority, this is the first time that a majority of countries have voted against Hamas and I commend each of the 87 countries that took a principled stand against Hamas.” (...)