US lobbies Europe to back UN vote condemning Hamas rocket fire

The United States is leading a push at the United Nations to win crucial backing from European countries for a resolution condemning the Palestinian Hamas group, the Israeli ambassador says Tuesday.

The General Assembly is expected to vote Friday or possibly Monday on the proposed resolution condemning rocket firings into Israel and demanding that Hamas end the use of violence.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon tells reporters that US diplomats were in talks with their EU counterparts on the draft text. European backing would significantly boost chances of approval by the 193-nation body.

“The US is negotiating the language with the EU,” Danon tells a briefing. “For us it’s very symbolic to have this resolution presented with the support of the EU.”

If adopted, it would mark the first time that the assembly has voted to condemn Hamas, the terror that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

European diplomats say there are disagreements on the proposed US text, notably including references to UN resolutions and to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is supported by the United Nations.

A draft text seen by AFP “condemns Hamas for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence” and “demands that Hamas and other militant actors cease all provocative actions and violent activity.”

AFP

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