'The resolution would have condemned Hamas, which was in control of the Gaza Strip from 2007 to 2014 and has been again since 2016. The document was in the works for several days while Haley sought to reconcile its text with the EU and major Arab nations.
The final draft denounces Hamas "for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk," demands it and other militant groups, such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad "cease all provocative actions and violent activity," including "airborne incendiary devices."
Haley has put a great deal of personal effort into making sure that what could have been the first-ever UN resolution condemning Hamas found support within the 193-strong body of nations.
It was reported that she had sent letters to all UN missions, saying that the US “takes the outcome of the vote very seriously.”
However, the thinly veiled threat did not sit well with Qatar, which called a procedural vote some 20 minutes before the vote on the resolution, which arguably sealed its fate.
Qatar argued that a two-thirds majority instead of a simple majority should be required for the resolution to pass. The motion, to the dismay of the US, was narrowly approved.
The resolution might have been a swan song for the outgoing diplomat, who abruptly announced her resignation in October, an unnamed Security Council diplomat told AFP.'
Read more: Haley not going out with a bang after US-sponsored anti-Hamas draft fails at UNGA
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