Haley Puts UN on Notice: "The Days of Israel-Bashing are Over"

The Donald Trump administration will not allow Palestinian officials to take on top positions in the United Nations until the Palestinian Authority cooperates in peace talks with Israel, Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the U.N., said Monday at the annual Policy Conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has warned the U.S. against the relocation of the embassy, saying doing so would fuel extremism in the region and kill all chances for a solution to the conflict.

He thanked President Donald Trump for his vocal support of Israel and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley for boycotting a United Nations standing agenda item that requires the Human Rights Council to debate Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians, the only one of its kind. "We don't take Israel for granted, we know that the special relationship is central to our national security", Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said.

"The US will no longer allow the United Nations to be used as a forum for invective against Israel or the West", the vice president added. He then congratulated the new Israeli ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, whose appointment had been approved by the Senate following a narrow vote last Thursday.

"We will speak clearly against anti-Semitism from any quarter".

President Donald Trump's envoy has met with the Palestinian leader, the foreign ministers of Qatar and Egypt, and the European Union foreign policy chief to talk about reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. McCarthy, a conservative who was among the first congressional leaders to back Trump a year ago, avoided an answer, focusing only on the need for assistance to Israel.

Netanyahu did praise Trump for preserving in his budget proposal $3.1 billion in annual aid to Israel.

Support among the Israeli Jewish public for a withdrawal from the West Bank and the establishment of a Palestinian state is decreasing, a new poll published on Monday revealed. Trump has shown significant flexibility — stunning many last month when he broke with decades of USA policy by saying the US could live with a one-state solution, rather than a two-state solution involving Palestinian statehood, if both Israelis and Palestinians agreed.

"As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of a two-state solution", Merkel told reporters before holding talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin.

"We're extending our hand to any party that seeks to make peace prevail in our region, which if achieved, will bring prosperity to the area and end the suffering of millions", he said. Trump's campaign slogan earned more applause.

He added that "let me be clear, under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon".

The Iran nuclear deal, so despised by Israel, is solidly in place.

  • Leroy Wright