Outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley strongly criticized the international body “for its failure Thursday to condemn rocket attacks by Palestinian terror group Hamas,” per Fox News.
“We can’t talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism,” said Haley. “The U.N. had a chance to do that today, and it failed.”
Haley was joined in her censure by Israel’s representative to the U.N., Danny Danon:
“You should be ashamed of yourselves, wait until you have to deal with terrorism in your own countries,” Danon said. “Your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colors.”
“The U.S.-led resolution would have condemned Hamas for ‘repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk.’ It would also have demanded that Hamas ‘and other militant actors, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad,’ cease all provocative and violent actions; and condemn Hamas efforts to construct tunnels to infiltrate Israel and launch rockets into civilian areas.”
The resolution failed in the assembly, having not reached two-thirds of a vote from the various nation’s representatives. And, notably, “[a]head of the vote, Haley accused those pushing for that threshold of double standards and noted that the U.N. had never once condemned Hamas by name—despite passing 700 resolutions blasting Israel.”
Haley announced in October her intention to resign from her post by the end of the year. On Friday, President Trump confirmed that State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert will replace Haley as United Nations Ambassador.
Nauert is expected to continue the Trump Administration’s support of its ally Israel in the international body, among other issues pertaining to American foreign policy concerns:
“If Nauert wins Senate confirmation, she will face a broad agenda at the UN topped by the need to maintain international sanctions on North Korea. Haley rallied global support for tougher measures in 2017, when Pyongyang ramped up its ballistic missile and weapons testing, but there has been increasing pressure from other countries to ease up on the restrictions since Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un in June,” according to a report in Bloomberg News.
“She’ll also take up the administration’s efforts to defend Israel at the UN and counter what Haley called the organization’s bias against the Jewish state.”