A new day for Israel has dawned at the United Nations
That is, at least where the United States is concerned.
Last week Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina, and the new United States ambassador to the United Nations, let the world know, that when it comes to the new US administration, things would be different.
Now yes, for the most part under Obama, the United States refused to allow condemnation of Israel in any fashion, be it via direct affirmative vote or abstention. But through threats and back-channel nastiness by the Obama administration, Israel always had reason to worry.
And of course, before Barack Obama and his accomplice, John Kerry exited the stage (thankfully), they each took parting shots at the Jewish state, not having the class to leave foreign policy to the next administration as any other president and secretary of state would have.
Obama did so by directing his UN ambassador to abstain from, and not veto, a disgusting resolution against Israel, unfairly pushing bargaining chips toward the intransigent Palestinians, and Kerry did so with his long and tedious Mideast peace speech, the only benefit going to Kerry, making him feel good about the sound of his own voice.
What was the point? Why do that? The only reason Obama and Kerry would use their last gasps in power to bash Israel was: 1) to try and hamstring a more favorable-toward-Israel foreign policy that was coming in a few weeks with the Trump administration; and, 2) to plain and simple, stick it to Israel.
Either way it was petty, and it was emblematic of the Obama administration, and if there were still those of good will who had not yet understood Obama’s and Kerry’s anti-Israel bias, they finally did get it.
Say what you will about President Donald Trump, and Lord knows so many of us have, but he is the boss over US foreign policy and with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and what she believes and said – with his OK, he got this one right.
These positive developments at the UN won’t matter, of course, to the unreasonable Jewish leftists who say Trump and his cabinet are anti-Semitic. In fact, it will make them madder. Watch and see.
After Haley had her first UN Security Council Consultations on the Middle East meeting, she made a statement to the press. Click here for the video. Click here for the official text. (The first paragraph as shown below is not in the official transcript.)
I think it is fitting to present Haley’s wonderful words here without having to click anywhere else, so please take a few moments to read our UN ambassador’s words:
“Good morning. First of all, as this is the first time I have dealt with this press corps, I just want to say that I hope we can have a lot more conversations and continue to do these types of things, but I’ll ask that I will respect you if you respect me, so as we develop this relationship, we’ll see how it goes.
“So the first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It’s the first meeting like that that I’ve attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange. The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hizballah’s illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.
“I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias. We will never repeat the terrible mistake of Resolution 2334 and allow one-sided Security Council resolutions to condemn Israel. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face in the Middle East.
“We stand for peace. We support a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is negotiated directly between the two parties, as President Trump reiterated in his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday. The outrageously biased resolutions from the Security Council and the General Assembly only make peace harder to attain by discouraging one of the parties from going to the negotiating table.
“Incredibly, the UN Department of Political Affairs has an entire division devoted to Palestinian affairs. Imagine that. There is no division devoted to illegal missile launches from North Korea. There is no division devoted to the world’s number one state-sponsor of terror, Iran. The prejudiced approach to Israeli-Palestinian issues does the peace process no favors. And it bears no relationship to the reality of the world around us.
“The double standards are breathtaking. Just a few days ago, the United States sought unsuccessfully to have the Security Council condemn a terrorist attack to Israel, where the terrorist opened fire on people waiting for a bus and then stabbed others. The Security Council would not hesitate to condemn an attack like that in any other country. But not for Israel. The statement was blocked. And that’s downright shameful.
“Israel exists in a region where others call for its complete destruction and in a world where anti-Semitism is on the rise. These are threats that we should discuss at the United Nations as we continue working toward a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“But outside of the UN, there is some good news. Israel’s place in the world is changing. Israel is building up new diplomatic relationships. More and more countries recognize how much Israel contributes to the world. They are recognizing that Israel is a beacon of stability in a troubled region, and that Israel is at the forefront of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological discovery.
“It is the UN’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change. The United States will not hesitate to speak out against these biases in defense of our friend and ally, Israel.
“I will say that I think we saw maybe a slightly different tone in the meeting, but we will have to see how it goes.
No, Madame Ambassador, thank you.