"Israel has withdrawn its first United Nations draft resolution in nearly 30 years in the face of strong opposition.
The Israeli draft, which called for the protection of Israeli children from terrorism, mirrored one on Palestinian children passed earlier this month.
But mostly Arab opponents of the text introduced changes Israel could not accept, ambassador Dan Gillerman said.
He said the UN was telling Israeli children "that your lives are worth less than Palestinian children".
"Perhaps someone can explain to me why the hundreds of Israeli children killed or maimed in brutal terrorist attacks deserve less sympathy and attention," the Israeli ambassador said. "