Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on a U.S. Draft resolution to Condemn Hamas

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United States Mission To The United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
December 6, 2018


Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this afternoon in the General Assembly before a vote on a U.S. resolution to condemn Hamas terrorism. A majority of Member States voted for the resolution, with 87 in favor, 57 against, and 33 abstentions. Unfortunately, a procedural vote called by the Arab Group required the resolution to garner a two-thirds majority to pass, so despite winning a clear majority, the resolution was not adopted. Even though the resolution failed, it still made history, with 87 countries voting to condemn Hamas and its terrorist activities.

“Last Friday, the General Assembly approved six resolutions condemning Israel in a single day. Six. In an average year, the UN votes against Israel 20 times. Over the years, the UN has voted to condemn Israel over 500 times. That’s what an ordinary day at the UN looks like. Much as the United States finds that record appalling, no one can question whether the UN is on record in its hostility toward the State of Israel. But for good measure, there will be another vote this afternoon that gives everyone another chance to put themselves on record in a way that goes against Israel. The question before us now is something very different. The question before us now is whether the UN thinks terrorism is acceptable if, and only if, it is directed at Israel.”

“There is nothing more anti-Semitic than saying we cannot condemn terrorism against Israel, while we would not hesitate for one minute to condemn the same acts if they were taken against any other country. I’ve watched countries that would never take such positions on their own come together here at the UN and abandon all sense of honesty, all sense of accuracy, and all sense of truth. Today, we have an opportunity to change that. We can come together as a unified, moral, and powerful force for peace that this institution’s founders intended…The people who have suffered by far the most because of Hamas are the Palestinian people. For their sake, the world should speak out against the destruction of Hamas and what it continues to cause. The resolution before us now would right a historic wrong. More importantly, it would put the General Assembly on the side of truth and balance in the effort to achieve peace in the Middle East.”

“I want to take a personal moment and ask my Arab brothers and sisters: is the hatred that strong? Is the hatred toward Israel so strong that you’ll defend a terrorist organization, one that is directly causing harm to the Palestinian people? Isn’t it time to let that go? For true peace and security in the entire region, isn’t it time for both sides to let this go? For the sake of peace, and for the sake of this institution, I respectfully urge my colleagues to support the United States’ resolution.”

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This translation is provided as a courtesy and only the original English source should be considered authoritative.
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