Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Envoy Haley says United States won't let the United Nations 'bully' Israel anymore

Envoy Haley says United States won't let the United Nations 'bully' Israel anymore

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley visited Jerusalem for the first time Wednesday, where she described the U.N.'s treatment of Israel as "bullying".

Haley made waves on Tuesday with an impassioned speech in Geneva, in which she threatened that the USA might withdraw from the Human Rights Council if reforms aren't made to "reestablish the Council's legitimacy". "Again, I felt that the United Nations would collapse, you know, that whole scaffolding of lies would just collapse".

Her visit follows a speech delivered Tuesday before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which Haley threatened to leave if it does not cease disproportionately targeting Israel.

"It was something that we're so used to doing", she said.

"Israel is no longer alone at the UN. I think it makes a world of difference, both for Israel and the U.S". "We look forward to showing you our attractive country as we work together to further strengthen our alliance". "They sense that the tone has changed", she said.

The 47-member Council adopted five "biased" resolutions on Israel and the Palestinian territory at its March session, but never even considered a resolution on Venezuela, she said.

"On behalf of the Israeli public I thank you for your many actions to correct the bias against Israel at the United Nations and to fight for the truth", she said.

As a result of Haley's actions, "we see the beginning of a new era".

She made the statement on Wednesday during meetings in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who was in attendance at the ceremony, presented Haley with a 1,400-year-old pendant showing an ancient menorah found during an archaeological dig at the City of David in Jerusalem.

Haley, a former Republican governor of SC who was tapped by President Donald Trump for the cabinet-level diplomatic post, specifically called out the Council for admitting "many of the world's worst human rights offenders" as members, including Venezuela, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. Israel is the only country with a dedicated rights council agenda item, known as Item 7.

During the interview, Haley restated her support for moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

After the war Israel annexed the eastern side of the city in a move not recognized by most of the worldwide community, which holds that Jerusalem's final status needs to be resolved in talks between Israel and the Palestinians. So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem. "The tricky part is where the Palestinians come in on this and where the Israelis comes in on this", Haley said.

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