Envoy Haley says US won't let the UN 'bully' Israel anymore

Eloi Lecerf
Junho 8, 2017

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley hailed a "new day" for Israel at the global body today as she held talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem.

The two agreed that this is a long-term goal that will only be achieved if they join forces.

Netanyahu welcomed the US diplomat's tough stance, saying US President Donald Trump and Haley "have changed the discourse" at the UN.

Haley told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the approach toward Israel at the United Nations was a "habit".

However, Rivlin added "there is still a long way to go", both in terms of anti-Israel statements issued by United Nations agencies and the "absurd" number of sessions and resolutions reprimanding Israel.

"People appreciate truth", he added.

Haley, who arrived Wednesday for a three-day visit, said she was "overwhelmed" by the positive response she has received since taking a stand against the anti-Israel bias at the worldwide body.

"With you, Israel is no longer alone at the United Nations, and no longer the UN's punching bag", Rivlin said. "We see some areas for significant strengthening", Haley said at the UNHRC. "They sense that the tone has changed".

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Haley reiterated her assurances to Netanyahu that "we are not going to let that happen anymore". "It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility".

Afterwards she was taken to the Western Wall tunnels where she signed the visitors' book.

Haley said she was surprised by how much love Israelis have showered her with.

The 47-member Council adopted five "biased" resolutions on Israel and the Palestinian territory at its March session, but never even considered a resolution on Venezuela, she said.

In an earlier meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also thanked Haley for her support.

She is also expected to visit the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestinian leaders.

Haley is in the region after speaking in Geneva at the U.N. Human Rights Council which she rebuked as a "forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion" that allows rights abusers to whitewash their images and foes of Israel to criticize the Jewish state unfairly.

She called on the council to adopt "the strongest possible resolutions on the critical human rights situations in Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Belarus and Ukraine, and that it follow up to prevent further human rights violations and abuses in those countries".

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