Haley Slams UN for 'Ugly Creation' of Jewish 'Blacklist' as U.S. Vetoes Jerusalem Resolution
Ambassador Nikki Haley today accused the United Nations of empowering the creation of a Jewish "blacklist, plain and simple" with last December's passage of a resolution condemning Israel for West Bank and east Jerusalem settlements.
Her comments came in a Security Council meeting in which the U.S. vetoed a draft resolution, with 14 voting in favor, that condemned the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and discouraged other countries from moving diplomatic facilities there.
The United States abstained in a Dec. 23, 2016, vote on settlements instead of defending Israel in the final weeks of the Obama administration. The vote on the resolution drafted by Egypt, which demanded Israel "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the 'occupied' Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem," was 14 in favor in addition to the U.S. abstention.
During that UN Security Council meeting, then-U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power quoted President Reagan from 1982 saying settlements were "in no way necessary for the security of Israel"; she added that "a routine vote for the U.S. to allow the passage of a resolution with the elements in this one" would be consistent with "familiar, well-articulated components of U.S. policy."
"It is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground – and is consistent with U.S. policy across Republican and Democratic administration throughout the history of the State of Israel – that the United States did not veto it," Power said, even though the administration used its veto power in 2011 to kill a similarly worded resolution.
Today at the UN Security Council, Haley said she didn't want to waste time on addressing "where a sovereign nation might decide to put its embassy, and why we have every right to do so."
Haley declared that if the U.S. had the opportunity to vote again on last December's Resolution 2334, the U.S. would veto.
"On the surface, Resolution 2334 described Israeli settlements as impediments to peace. Reasonable people can disagree about that, and in fact, over the years the United States has expressed criticism of Israeli settlement policies many times," she said.
"But in truth, it was Resolution 2334 itself that was an impediment to peace. This Security Council put the negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinians further out of reach by injecting itself, yet again, in between the two parties to the conflict. By misplacing the blame for the failure of peace efforts squarely on the Israeli settlements, the resolution gave a pass to Palestinian leaders who for many years rejected one peace proposal after another. It also gave them encouragement to avoid negotiations in the future. It refused to acknowledge the legacy of failed negotiations unrelated to settlements. And the Council passed judgment on issues that must be decided in direct negotiations between the parties."