Monday, March 27, 2017

U.S. Ambassador To UN: 'Days Of Israel Bashing Are Over'

Nikki Haley tells AIPAC: At the UN now, 'there's a new sheriff in town'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told AIPAC on Monday evening that she would not allow a repeat of an anti-settlement passing at the UN Security Council, as it did in December when the US, under the leadership of the Obama administration, refused to yield its veto power. Resolution 2334 called on Israel to halt all settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, labeling them “illegal.”

“The days of Israel bashing are over,” at the UN, Haley vowed on Monday, to tumultuous applause.

She spoke of having prevented the appointment of a Palestinian official, former Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad, to a senior UN position, and noted that he may well have been a nice man.

But “until the Palestinians come to the table” to negotiate peace with Israel, “there are no freebies for the Palestinian Authority any more.”
Haley also referenced the recent withdrawal of a UN group’s report that accused Israel of running an “apartheid” regime over the Palestinians. Her success in having that report withdrawn, she said, shows that for anyone who thinks you cannot get anything done in the UN, she continued, “there’s a new sheriff in town.”

Haley’s appearance was by far the most rapturously received of any speaker thus far at AIPAC’s annual policy conference, which began on Sunday morning.

On the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, Haley said that all she did was “tell the truth,” in reference to anti-BDS legislation she helped pass when she was governor of North Carolina.
The fight against the BDS movement, she said, “we’re going to continue that and take that to the UN; they need to understand that this is not what we need to be focused on.”

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