Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group, mocked the United States last week after the United Nations failed to approve a U.S.-led resolution condemning the militant group's recent rocket attacks against Israel.
The resolution would have condemned Hamas for "repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk," while also demanding that Hamas and other terror groups in the region cease their attacks on Israel, according to Fox News. Additionally, the resolution also sought to condemn Hamas for building underground tunnels used to infiltrate Israel.
The resolution failed after a procedural vote at the U.N. General Assembly passed, requiring the U.S.-led resolution to be passed with a two-thirds majority vote. Ultimately, 87 members voted for the resolution, 58 voted against, and 32 members abstained. Unfortunately, the tally was not enough to breach the two-thirds threshold.
How did Hamas respond?
Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups said the U.N.'s failure to approve the resolution amounted to a "slap in the face of America" and a "victory for the Palestinian resistance," the Jerusalem Post reported.
Khalil al-Haya, a senior Hamas official further characterized the resolution's failure as an "uplift for the Palestinian resistance...in spite of American bullying." He added that Hamas remains committed "to the option of resistance, which has been endorsed by the Palestinians," while also thanking the countries that voted against the resolution, claiming their resistance "prevented the US administration and Israel from criminalizing the Palestinian resistance."
Other terrorist leaders in the area said the U.N. should condemn Israel and the U.S., not Hamas, Palestine, or other terror groups in the area.
What did Nikki Haley say?
Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikky Haley blasted the U.N. for its failure to adopt the resolution.
"We can't talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism," she said, according to Fox News. "The U.N. had a chance to do that today, and it failed."
Haley also drew attention to the double standard the U.N. employs against Israel, explaining it has approved 700 resolutions condemning Israel in some fashion, yet has never approved a resolution explicitly condemning Hamas.
"That, more than anything else, is a condemnation of the United Nations itself," Haley said.
Meanwhile, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told the General Assembly after the vote: "You should be ashamed of yourselves, wait until you have to deal with terrorism in your own countries. Your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colors."