U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted the UN for what she called its "anti-Israel bias" and vowed that she would not let the UN Security Council target Israel with one-sided condemnations.
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"I am here to emphasize that 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 from the Middle East," she said.
"We stand for peace," she continued. "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."
She also blasted the UN Security Council for focusing its efforts on the Palestinians while giving low priority to other issues, like Iran: "Incredibly, the UN Department of Political Affairs has an entire division devoted to Palestinian affairs There is no division devoted to illegal missile launches from North Korea ... 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.
"The double standards are breathtaking," she said.
Videos of her comments went viral, with diplomats, reporters and even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharing it online.
Despite the defiant tone of her comments, Haley's words echo those of her predecessor Susan Rice, who took the General Assembly podium in 2013 and said the "UN isn’t at its best when it comes to Israel. In fact, it’s sometimes at its worst”
In the May 2013 comments, Rice described Israel as enduring “a barrage of obsessive, unbalanced, and relentless criticism” at the United Nations.
“That undermines the trust between the parties that [the U.S.] is working so hard to build,” she said. “It also undermines the UN’s own highest values. The UN should be a place where conflicts are cooled, not inflamed - where confidence is built, not eroded.”