U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses a United Nations General Assembly meeting ahead of a vote on a draft resolution that would deplore the use of excessive force by Israeli troops against Palestinian civilians at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., June 13, 2018.
It was adopted with 120 votes in favor and eight votes against, with 45 abstentions.
"As we work to improve the daily lives of the citizens of Gaza and the return of our soldiers and our citizens, we must act to take advantage of the positive changes taking place in the region in order to promote a genuine and lasting peace", he said.
The resolution deplored Israel´s use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" against Palestinian civilians and called for protection measures for Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
"We need action. We need protection for our civilian population".
The Palestinians sought a Security Council resolution after Israel's military killed civilians during mass protests in Gaza aimed at the border blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007 after Hamas overran the territory.
Before the vote, the U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said there were "no flawless actors" on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The United Nations General Assembly votes to adopt a draft resolution to deplore the use of excessive force by Israeli troops against Palestinian civilians at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., June 13, 2018. "We want our civilian population to be protected". But "thanks to the combined efforts with our American friends and our allies from around the world, we proved today that the automatic majority against Israel in the U.N.is not destiny and can be changed".
"But the common practice of turning a blind eye to the U.N.'s anti-Israel bias is changing", she said.
"We can not remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people", Mansour said. The killings coincided with the opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyWhat you need to know about Tuesday's elections South Carolina Gov. McMaster heads to runoff What to watch in Tuesday's primary elections MORE voted against the motion, and sharply denounced the vote as "morally bankrupt" in a statement.
In December 128 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told the assembly that Hamas is conducting "a violent assault on Israel" and aims to seize its main cities of Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States in voting against the resolution.
While Security Council resolutions are legally binding, General Assembly resolutions are not, although Varma stressed that they do reflect "political will" as well as worldwide opinion.
"The resolution is one-sided, makes not one mention of Hamas which routinely initiates violence", the United States envoy said during the debate preceding the vote, adding that "What makes Gaza different is that attacking Israel is their favorite political sport".