The United Nations General Assembly has voted down a US-proposed resolution to condemn the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Earlier the world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority for approval.
A US-sponsored draft resolution that would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
The draft received 87 votes in favor, 58 against, 32 abstentions and 16 countries did not vote. Germany voted in favor of the draft resolution.
Before the assembly voted on the text, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority for approval as sought by Arab nations, rather than the simple majority urged by the United States.
The vote to require a two-thirds majority was close, 75-72, with 26 abstentions and several countries changing their votes to “yes” at the last minute.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly before the vote that it could make history and unconditionally speak out against Hamas, which she called “one of the most obvious and grotesque cases of terrorism in the world.”
“What the UN chooses to do today will speak volumes about each country’s seriousness when it comes to condemning anti-Semitism,” Haley said. “Because there is nothing more anti-Semitic than saying terrorism is not terrorism when it’s used against the Jewish people and the Jewish state.”
Both the United States and European Union have classified Hamas as a terrorist group.
The US attempt to condemn Hamas and demand that the militant group stop firing rockets into Israel, using “airborne incendiary devices,” and putting civilians at risk sparked a Palestinian-backed amendment sponsored by Bolivia.