When President Trump was announcing his cabinet picks he also chose other key advisors and positions. One of them was to appoint Nikki Haley as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is making headlines for taking a strong stance in favor of our our ally Israel. At a recent press event she denounced the international organization for their vote that took away Israeli settlements and sovereignty. She confronted them head on for their anti-Israel bias.
Her comments came shortly after her first Security Council meeting last Monday. She said,
“The first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It’s the first meeting like that that I’ve attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange.”
She continued on saying,
“The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hezbollah’s illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.
I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias. We will never repeat the terrible mistake of Resolution 2334 and allow one-sided Security Council resolutions to condemn Israel. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face in the Middle East.”
This probably stems in no small part to United Nations Resolution 2334 that the United States abstained from vetoing under President Obama. The vote ended up allowing condemned settlements in Israel to be claimed by Palestinians. It drew massive criticism from the right as well as many across Israel and the United States who felt we were not standing by our Middle Eastern ally.
“We stand for peace. We support a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is negotiated directly between the two parties, as President Trump reiterated in his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday. The outrageously biased resolutions from the Security Council and the General Assembly only make peace harder to attain by discouraging one of the parties from going to the negotiating table.
Incredibly, the UN Department of Political Affairs has an entire division devoted to Palestinian affairs. Imagine that. There is no division devoted to illegal missile launches from North Korea. There is no division devoted to the world’s number one state-sponsor of terror, Iran. The prejudiced approach to Israeli-Palestinian issues does the peace process no favors. And it bears no relationship to the reality of the world around us.
“It is the UN’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change. The United States will not hesitate to speak out against these biases in defense of our friend and ally, Israel.”
Haley had formerly endorsed Marco Rubio during the campaign. However, she is long respected as an Establishment Republican who could bring the President more to the middle. Her recent comments are definitely in line with the President’s past comments and promises to remain strongly allied with Israel.
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