WATCH: Nikki Haley Defends Israel, Blames Hamas & Iran, Questions Double Standard Of U.N.; Walks Out As Palestinian Envoy Speaks

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At an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council Tuesday, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley denied the violence in Gaza Monday had anything to do with the U.S. opening up its new embassy in Jerusalem.

“Rather, the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the state of Israel in any location,” Haley said. “The location of the embassy has no bearing on the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. … It does not undermine the prospects for peace in any way.”

Haley placed the blame for the violence, in which at least 60 people were killed according to Gaza’s health ministry, squarely on Hamas terrorists, backed by Iran.

Haley attempted to move attention to Iran throughout her remarks, chastising the Security Council for not focusing more on Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region. “That is violence that should occupy our attention, too,” Haley said.

While other representatives condemned the killing of Palestinians by live fire in the strongest terms, Haley merely said, “We are all concerned about violence in the Middle East. The United States deplores the loss of human life.”

Haley went further than other Trump administration officials in talking about whether Israel should show restraint. Until Tuesday, White House deputy press Security Raj Shah and a State Department spokesperson both agreed Israel has a right to defend itself, but would not say whether Israel has a responsibility to act with restraint.

But Haley claimed Israel’s response to protestors has indeed been restrained, saying “no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process, began the session with a markedly different tone, calling Monday’s events a tragedy for the Palestinians.

“Who can find the words to console the mother of a child that has been killed? Who?” Mladenov asked. He called on Israel to protect their borders proportionally, and to investigate every incident that causes loss of life. He also said the international community must step in to prevent war in the region.

Kuwait called for the emergency session Monday, and also proposed a draft statement that would have called for an independent investigation into the deadly violence. But the United States blocked the adoption of the statement, according to a UN Security Council diplomat.

“We regret the Security Council was unable to adopt the draft statement,” Kuwait’s Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said.

(AP)




12 COMMENTS

  1. what?!! this mother merdered her her child! what was she doing there where she knew whats going on. ah, what?, she was told’ to sacrafice

  2. Who can find the ways to describe the mother who allows her child to go to such protests, allowing that child to face such danger? The mother needs charging with child abuse!

  3. The U.S. pulls out of the naive liberal agreement with Iran. So Iran puts pressure on Hamas, who they gave loads of money to when they got their payoff on the agreement, to force payees to face the fire, and guarantee stipends to their families, in conjunction with the Embassy opening, and their day of refusing to accept a Jewish State. The warped economics of the Muslim world is chiefly made possible by the corruption of these regimes, their role as paid / financed terrorists, their rejection of non-Islamic culture, law, and lives. From there, everything they do becomes justified, including murdering innocent civilians and even their own people. How many thousands of Palestinians have been killed by the Syrians, ISIS, and Iran, when its suits their agenda? Meanwhile, the fearful Christian Europeans, side with Gazans to avoid riots and killings in their countries, and keeping the flow of oil going. Only the Israeli’s have the strength of conviction that the Gazan terrorists have only themselves to blame, and will always be defeated by their hate and degradation of the non-Muslim world, their manipulation of their hate-indoctrinated masses for profit and their real lack of importance to the Muslim world. Their mothers don’t mourn their children nearly as much as they seek financial compensation and notoriety in this perverse world of injustice.

  4. Who is this Russian Mladenov to talk? Russia killed untold tens of thousands of Muslims in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Syria when there population was not at risk like Israel’s is.

  5. Ambassador Haley is one of the best friends in American government that Israel has ever had. We should all try to acknowledge this, perhaps by reaching out to her office to say thank you, and not take her courageous stance for granted.