Days of Israel-Bashing at UN Are Over, US Envoy Says at AIPAC

تم نشره في Tue 28 March / Mar 2017. 03:55 PM
  • The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley

NEW YORK — The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, Monday at Washington's biggest pro-Israel forum, vowed never to allow "Israel-bashing" at the world body.

Haley was addressing the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference for the first time since President Donald Trump named her Washington's UN envoy.

The envoy drew a clear line under the record of her predecessor, who in December abstained from a UN Security Council vote, thus allowing a resolution criticizing Israeli settlements to pass.

Haley described Resolution 2334 as a "kick in the gut" to all Americans, and warned other UN members that the United States would retaliate against any new attempt to isolate Israel.

"Basically what it comes down to is that I'm not there to play, and what I wanted to make sure of was that the United States started leading again," she told the lobby group's invitees.

"What I can tell you is that everybody at the United Nations is scared to talk to me about Resolution 2334," Haley declared.

"And I wanted to let them to know that, look, that happened but it will never happen again. The days of Israel-bashing are over," she added. Trump's administration has already made several gestures to reassure Israel's government that, in Haley's words to AIPAC, "a new sheriff is in town" and US policy has changed.

Speaking before the AIPAC, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, has also used the same words saying that "The Trump Administration has changed the rules of the game at the UN." AIPAC, is the biggest and most powerful lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States. The current President of AIPAC is Lillian Pinkus.