US Ambassador Nikki Haley is on her way out at the United Nations, but that hasn’t stopped her from speaking truth to tyrants. After the U.N. failed to condemn rocket attacks by Hamas, Haley had had enough. She blasted the U.N. for threatening peace in the Middle East and for failing to come to the defense of one of its own member countries.
Thank you @NikkiHaley for your leadership and candidness. It’s a disgrace and an embarrassment that the UN failed to pass a simple measure condemning Hamas’ violent attacks on innocent civilians. https://t.co/4bLaHd4z1V
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 7, 2018
“We can’t talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism,” Haley said Thursday. “The U.N. had a chance to do that today, and it failed.”
Israel, too, sounded the alarm. “You should be ashamed of yourselves, wait until you have to deal with terrorism in your own countries,” Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said. “Your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colors.”
Haley had hoped to have sent a political warning shot across the bow of Hamas and condemn the group for “repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk.”
The action would have called for Hamas “and other militant actors, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” to end their war of terror.
“But after a procedural move by Kuwait and Bolivia,” Fox writes, “the body adopted a rule that meant the resolution needed a two-thirds majority to be adopted. The resolution ultimately picked up a plurality of 87 votes in support and 57 against — with 33 abstentions. But it was not enough to meet the two-thirds threshold.”
Haley’s message for the U.N. isn’t ambiguous. The U.N. has, Haley stated, never once condemned Hamas by name. The body has passed more than 700 resolutions targeting Israel.
RT @USUN: Today we spoke some hard truths. We can’t talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism. The UN had a chance to do that today, and it failed. pic.twitter.com/BSHvdgy94J
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 7, 2018
“That, more than anything else, is a condemnation of the United Nations itself,” she said.
“The question before us now is whether the U.N. thinks terrorism is acceptable if, and only if, it is directed against Israel.”
“I want to take a personal moment, and ask my Arab brothers and sisters: Is the hatred that strong? Is the hatred toward Israel so strong that you’ll defend a terrorist organization? One that directly causes harm to the Palestinian people? Isn’t it time to let that go?”
Her impassioned pleas were not enough, though. The vote failed.
@nikkihaley This is a sad moment in history!
— BONNIE PLOTKIN (@bonnala) December 7, 2018
Still, 87 countries voted to condemn Hamas. This is being treated with some optimism by Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon.
For the first time at the UN, a record 87 countries condemned Hamas for its rocket fire & use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes against Israel. I thank @nikkihaley for her hard work in forming an unprecedented coalition. We will continue to fight for the truth! pic.twitter.com/MBDLERD23y
— Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) December 6, 2018
“The broad support from the world demonstrates the changes we have made in the UN,” he said. “With the support of these countries, we will continue our work in the UN against Hamas terrorism. I thank Ambassador Haley for her close cooperation in fighting for the truth that led to the formation of an unprecedented coalition for Israel and against terrorism.”