U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been a star of President Donald Trump’s administration, and she proved that once again Tuesday in a speech to the U.N. Security Council.
A meeting had been called by the Kuwaiti ambassador to consider an official condemnation of Israel’s response to violent protests and riots by Palestinians on the border that separates Israel from Gaza, a response that left an estimated 60 Gazans dead and hundreds more wounded.
But according to Real Clear Politics, Haley asserted that Israel had shown great “restraint” and decried the “double standard” on display in the Security Council as she wondered why none had also condemned the violent actions of the Hamas terrorist group, which rules Gaza and openly incited the riotous attacks on the border which provoked the Israeli response.
“Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?” asked Haley. “No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”
“In fact, the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained,” she added.
According to Politico, Haley placed the blame for the violence and death at the feet of Hamas, and recounted the numerous ways in which they had incited the violence and prompted the protesters/rioters to set fires, hurl rocks and molotov cocktails and fly flaming kites across the border into Israel.
She also noted how Hamas had used loudspeakers to falsely tell the crowd that Israeli soldiers were retreating so they would charge the security fence, an effort at breaching the barrier so terrorists could pour through and do their worst against Israeli citizens.
Further, she debunked the notion perpetuated by Hamas — and echoed by liberal U.S. media outlets — that the violence was a justified reaction to Monday’s opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
“Let’s remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy,” Haley told the council members.
“This is what is endangering the people of Gaza,” she said. “Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday.”
Haley also addressed the media narrative that moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem had made the possibility of peace in the region less likely to occur, a narrative that rests on Palestinian claims of the city as its own, despite it serving as the capital of the Jewish people for thousands of years.
“Moving our embassy to Jerusalem also reflects the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” Haley said. “There is no plausible peace agreement under which Jerusalem would no longer remain the capital of Israel. Recognizing this reality makes peace more achievable, not less.”
As if to fully drive her point home that nothing but falsehoods were being promoted by Hamas and the Palestinians against Israel, Haley walked out of the chamber when the Palestinian envoy began to plead his case for a condemnation against Israel.
The Times of Israel noted that the border protests and riots, which have been occurring for several weeks, were timed to culminate with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the modern state of Israel, which Palestinians call “nakba,” or “catastrophe,” displaying their complete opposition to the Israeli state’s mere existence.
Haley’s words were echoed by Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, who repeatedly slammed the “war crimes” committed by Hamas, not just against Israeli civilians but there own people as well.
“Every casualty on the border is a victim of Hamas’ war crimes, every death is a result of Hamas’ terror activity, and these casualties are solely Hamas’ responsibility,” Danon said.
Haley was absolutely right to call out Hamas as being responsible for the death and violence, as well as the U.N.’s anti-Israel double standard. It would be nice if the U.N. would at least cast blame equally on both sides instead of acting as if the Hamas-led Palestinians were wholly innocent actors.
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