Nikki Haley was on fire.
The American ambassador to the United Nations proved once again on Tuesday why she was a perfect choice to represent the country on the world stage when she delivered a scorching defense of Israel’s right to protect its citizens from terrorism.
Then she gave the Palestinian response exactly what it deserved.
The action came when the U.N. Security Council was debating the violence that took place on Israel’s border with Hamas-controlled Gaza on Monday.
Palestinian protests, aimed at distracting world attention from the joyful events marking the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, left up to 60 Palestinians dead, according to CNN, and opened Israel up again to world criticism for refusing to allow potential terrorists to cross its borders.
And Haley was having none of it. In an eight-minute speech, she attacked Palestinian intransigence and blasted the U.N.’s notorious “double standard” when it came to judging the Jewish state.
Watch a section of her speech below:
The thousands of Palestinians who massed at the Israeli border, challenging border guards with slingshots, Molotov cocktails and rocks disregarded clear Israeli warnings beforehand that any attempt to storm the border would be met with deadly force.
“Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?” Haley asked the other Security Council members. “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”
When Palestinian Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour began his remarks, Haley simply left the chamber.
She couldn’t have missed much, judging by Mansour’s statements to reporters outside the U.N. before the meeting.
“We condemn in the strongest term the atrocity by the Israeli occupying forces using this massive firepower against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully, and they have been demonstrating peacefully,” Mansour said, according to ABC.
Maybe “peaceful” means something different to Palestinian ambassadors to the U.N. than it does to honest people. Or maybe hurling firebombs, launching fire kites and using slingshots to attack armed soldiers qualify as “peaceful” for Palestinians the same way Israeli soldiers firing to protect themselves and their country’s borders qualify as “aggression” to world leaders who aren’t named President Donald J. Trump.
Either way, they’re lies. And Haley proved on Tuesday why Trump’s selection to have her represent the county in the den of vipers known as the U.N. Security Council was right on target.
She’s proven over and over that she’s not afraid to stand up for the country, or walk out when it counts.
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