The U.N. General Assembly called for an end to Israeli military operations in the
Gaza Strip on Friday, overwhelmingly passing a resolution in an emergency special session the Israeli ambassador blasted as a "farce" and a "circus."
The Arab League had asked for the session after the United States vetoed a similar, but watered-down
U.N. Security Council draft resolution against
Israel's actions last weekend — its second veto on the matter this year.
There are no vetoes in the 192-member General Assembly and the chamber's resolutions are nonbinding, considered more a reflection of international opinion.
The resolution passed Friday by a vote of 156 to 7, with six abstentions. The U.S., Israel and Australia voted against the document, while all the
European Union members supported it after last-minute changes were made to soften the tone.