Hamas Seeks U.N. Stamp of Approval for Terror

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Hamas terror organization has demanded that the United Nations endorse its campaign of violence against Israel, seeking to pre-empt a General Assembly debate on a resolution led by the U.S. to condemn Hamas rocket attacks.

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said in response, “Hamas speaks about international law while it fires rockets into civilian populations, holds the bodies of IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens, and uses its own people as human shields.

“A terrorist organization going to the U.N. for assistance is like a serial killer asking the police for assistance. Israel and the United States will continue to mobilize the countries of the world into a united front against the terrorism that Hamas engages in on behalf of Iran,” Danon said.

Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh wrote to General Assembly President Maria Fernada Spinosa, citing many U.N. resolutions that “affirm the right of peoples to independence, self-determination and struggle by all available means, peaceful and non-peaceful, for that right.”

The General Assembly is expected to vote Friday or Monday on the proposed resolution.

On Tuesday, Danon told reporters that U.S. diplomats were negotiating with their E.U. counterparts on the text of the resolution. European backing would significantly enhance chances of approval by the 193-nation body.

If adopted, the resolution would be the first General Assembly vote to condemn Hamas.