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The UN General Assembly on Friday night overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the errant shelling of a Beit Hanun house which killed some 20 Palestinians.
Representatives of 156 countries voted in favor of the resolution, seven objected and six abstained.
Voting "no" were the United States, Israel, Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. Abstaining were Canada, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Europe's envoys cast their votes unanimously in favor of the resolution.
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman walked out of the session in protest, saying his words were falling on deaf ears and that he was better off holding a nearby press conference.
The United States ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, warned member states against approving the proposal, saying it would undermine the organization's relevance." Such a decision will only strengthen the widespread doubts regarding the UN, and lead many to conclude that the global organization cannot fulfill a role in the region," said Bolton.
Bolton called the resolution "one-sided" and said its adoption would only "increase tension and serve the interests of those hostile to Israel and that do not accept Israel's right to exist.
Bolton also slammed the UN Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, which called Wednesday for an inquiry into the Beit Hanun shelling.
Originally posted by Mdv2
What kind of flawed logic is that?
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday dismissed a UN General Assembly resolution that deplored a deadly Israeli artillery strike two weeks ago in Gaza, saying the forum should aim its criticism at Palestinian militants.
"I have no doubt that it is not the State of Israel that should be answering questions about the harming of civilians, especially after we voiced deep regret at the harm done," Olmert told his cabinet in broadcast remarks.
Since Israel's military offensive resumed in Gaza, following the abduction of soldier Gilad Shalit in June, around 350 Palestinians have been killed, about half of them civilians; four Israelis, three of them soldiers, have been killed.
Israel Radio quoted Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni as saying Friday's resolution in the General Assembly, which was largely symbolic, showed pro-Palestinian nations were "letting off steam" after the United States' veto.
The General Assembly resolution called for the immediate cessation of all acts of violence by both the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and asked Secretary General Kofi Annan to set up a fact-finding mission to look into the attack on Beit Hanun.
"I am not sure that Israel will cooperation with it [the probe]. ]We don't need the United Nations to check what happened," Dan Gillerman, Israel's UN ambassador, said in an Army Radio interview on Saturday.
Gillerman: UN hijacked by evil forces
Israel's Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman slammed the proposal, saying that the General Assembly has been hijacked by the evil forces. He added that the session was a cynical use and abuse of the UN
[Gillerman]"I urge all of you to ask yourself, if your country was subject to this brutal and vicious terror, what would you do?"
The Israeli ambassador then turned to the French representative and asked, "If France was shelled from across the border, what would the French do? Would the French government send flowers to their attackers?"
Gillerman warned: "I caution everyone who will support this resolution. By doing so, you will be an accomplice to terror. The blood of more innocents will be on your hands.
Palestinian UN Observer Riyad Mansour said during the discussion that this was 31st time the US vetoed decisions related to the Palestinians.
The repeated use of a veto send an erroneous message to Israel and it continues to commit crimes, he charged. The Palestinian observer accused Israel of committing "war crimes" and carrying out the "Beit Hanoun massacre."