US Vows to End 'Israel-Bashing' at United Nations
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 20:28
THE Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year's United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israel for its settlements, the ambassador to the body, Nikki Haley, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference on Monday.
Netanyahu did not mention the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and five other world powers over his government's fierce opposition. "I will never abstain when the United Nations takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States".
Addressing AIPAC later on Monday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, vowed that the Trump administration would watch Iran "like a hawk" to be sure it sticks to the nuclear deal. As Netanyahu spoke to the AIPAC conference by video from Jerusalem, White House envoy Jason Greenblatt was headed to Jordan to attend an Arab summit, according to a US official who wasn't authorized to discuss the trip publicly and requested anonymity.
The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, drew thunderous applause at the AIPAC annual conference Monday night after every sentence of her speech: "We said the days of Israel-bashing are over".
Despite the close relationship the president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appear to have had so far, Trump has lately turned his attention to Abbas, in an attempt to bring him to the negotiating table with Israel, Channel 2 said.
"The administration is showing its commitment to Israel by turning those words into policies", Netanyahu stated.
On the settlements issue, a round of U.S. But he briefly reiterated that the Israeli policy is to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and to counter its aggression in the region. The US president then said the rapid growth of settlements was an obstacle in reaching an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.
Netanyahu's coalition is grappling with divisions that have sparked speculation that he could seek early elections.
There is skepticism in the United States and Middle East over the chances for restarting Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.
The poll, conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, found that 77 percent of all Israelis oppose a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, which has been illegally occupied for the past 50 years. Our position on Jerusalem as future capital of both states has not changed and we support Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem, both in political and financial terms.