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Israel's Netanyahu hails UN Hamas vote despite defeat

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli on Friday hailed majority backing in the UN for condemning militant group even though a draft resolution failed to win enough votes to pass.

The US draft won 87 votes in the on Thursday compared to 58 against but fell short of a required two-thirds majority.

Thirty-two countries abstained.

"The draft condemnation of in the UN received a sweeping majority by countries that stood against Hamas," Netanyahu said in an English-language statement.

"This is the first time that a majority of countries have voted against and I commend each of the 87 countries that took a principled stand.

"I thank the and US to the UN Nikki Haley for the initiative." Haley, who steps down from her post at the end of the year, has repeatedly accused the of having an anti-bias.

She has defended in its latest confrontation with Hamas, the Islamist group which has ruled the since 2007 and has fought three wars with since then.

The had won crucial backing from the European Union, with all 28 countries supporting the draft that would have condemned Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and demanded an end to the violence.

The European Union, like the United States, blacklists Hamas as a terrorist organisation. It was the first draft resolution condemning Hamas to be presented to the 193-nation assembly, which has been meeting since 1946.

Hamas praised the outcome of the vote, describing it as a "slap" to

"The failure of the American venture at the represents a slap to the and confirmation of the legitimacy of the resistance," Hamas tweeted, referring to militant groups that oppose Israel.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 13:35 IST