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.
The resolution passed by a vote of 120-8 with 45 countries abstaining.
"We can not remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people", said Riyad Mansour, Palestinian envoy to the UN.
Netanyahu pledged that Israel will continue to defend itself and to protect the security of its citizens, and also said it will "continue to seek ways to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza".
Before the vote, the USA ambassador Nikki Haley said there were "no ideal actors" on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Haley said in a statement afterward that "in the face of Hamas terrorists routinely inciting violence. today the United Nations made the morally bankrupt judgment that the recent Gaza violence is all Israel's fault".
It further called "for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population", pointing particularly to Gaza, where more than 127 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more wounded by Israeli military fire during recent mass demonstrations.
The permanent observer of the Palestinian mission to the United Nations, ambassador Riyad Mansour said that the USA amendment was offered in "bad faith" and said that the "illegal, belligerent, military occupation is the primary source and root cause of the recurrent and emergent crises we face". Tens of thousands of Palestinians gather weekly at the fence and attempt to breach it, hoping to reach what they say are lands they own within Israel.
"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.
L-R: Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman meet in Tel Aviv on August 24, 2017.
Haley said the amendment "is not controversial" and simply condemns "behavior we should all recognize as harmful to the Palestinian people".
Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States in voting against the resolution.
Arab and Islamic nations then made a decision to seek a vote on virtually the identical resolution at Wednesday's emergency meeting of the General Assembly, where there are no vetoes.
"By supporting this resolution you are colluding with a terrorist organization, by supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas", Danon said.
The prime minister said that the residents of Gaza are not Israel's enemies, only Hamas. Unlike the Security Council resolutions, those adopted in the General Assembly are non-binding.