“The world is growing tired of Hamas and its culture of hate,” US Ambassador to Israel tweeted this morning, Sunday. “Even the United Nations is changing.”
To back up these assertions, he directed readers to an opinion piece for CNN he co-wrote with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, and special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. In the article, the authors discussed the UN resolution of June 13 which condemned Israel for recent violence on the Gaza border, while failing to even mention Hamas.
At first, the authors noted, things seemed to be “business as usual,” with just another anti-Israel resolution up for vote at the UN. However, they explained, events took a unique turn when the US proposed an amendment condemning Hamas for the violence.
“Nothing like this had ever been done before at the United Nations. Hundreds of resolutions passed by the General Assembly dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have failed even to mention Hamas. What happened next was the beginning of a paradigm shift.
“Algeria made a motion to dismiss our amendment without debate and called for a vote, a move that was essentially saying that condemning Hamas didn't even merit discussion. But when the voting was done, the assembled nations that voted rejected this contention. They voted 78-59 to go ahead with a vote on our amendment.
“When the amendment came to a vote, a miracle by UN standards happened. Although the measure ultimately failed for technical reasons, more nations voted for holding Hamas accountable with the US amendment than against it.
“For the first time in the United Nations, more nations than not acknowledged that peace between Israel and the Palestinian people must be built on a foundation of truth regarding Hamas. They recognized that reconciliation is impossible if reality is denied for the sake of scoring political points. And part of that reality is recognizing the primary responsibility Hamas bears in perpetuating the suffering of the people of Gaza,” the authors wrote.
They concluded by relating the necessity of confronting reality to the peace proposal for Israel and the PA being worked on by the US.
"No one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but that's the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved. Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities. We got a glimpse of that at the United Nations on June 13. We expect to see more of this in the days ahead. The battleship is turning around.”