Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations has urged European Union countries to get behind a US-sponsored resolution at the UN General Assembly that condemns Hamas for its missile attacks against the Jewish state.
“The resolution is an American resolution, and I know that the US is still negotiating the language with the EU,” Amb. Danny Danon told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. “Hopefully, the EU will join this resolution. I don’t see a reason for a member state of the EU not to condemn Hamas, when the EU itself already designated Hamas as a terrorist organization.”
The resolution, which is likely to be voted on in the coming days, marks the second time this year that the US has attempted to secure UNGA support for a resolution condemning Hamas. The Islamist organization’s repeated missile attacks on Israel have resulted in three wars since it seized power in a violent coup in 2007, ousting the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.
The first US-sponsored condemnation of Hamas, in June 2018, took the form of an amendment to an Arab-backed resolution eviscerating Israel. After the defeat of an Algerian procedural move to prevent the UNGA from even voting on the US amendment, the text slamming Hamas missile attacks and its use of Palestinian civilians as human shields won a plurality of votes, with 62 in favor, 58 opposing and 42 abstaining. But lacking the requisite two-thirds majority, the amendment went on to be defeated.