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Finally, A UN Reality Check

Finally, A UN Reality Check

Nikki Haley, the new U.S. ambassador to the UN, blasts the organization’s anti-Israel bias.

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Four months ago, when South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was nominated as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, I wrote that there was reason to hope she would live up to the legacies of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jeanne Kirkpatrick and John Bolton as "shining beacons in the Midtown Manhattan snake pit."

Though at the time I could not judge whether she was the right person for the job, it appeared that she possessed the kind of moral clarity and tough skin required in an arena filled with people whose key purpose is to cloud the distinction between good and evil. Indeed, it takes a special kind of envoy to maneuver the Orwellian universe in which the international body operates, where Western values are on a lower hierarchical rung than third-world culture, and where a mockery is made of the concept of human rights, the championing and upholding of which the organization was originally established to safeguard.

One indicator that Haley seemed to fit the bill was that she, the daughter of Indian immigrants who went through legal channels to become Americans, signed a law to crack down on illegal immigration. Another was her introduction of legislation to outlaw boycotts, divestment and sanctions "based on race, color, religion, gender, or national origin of the targeted person or entity." Since Israel has been the focus of BDS campaigns everywhere, it was clear what she had in mind. No wonder her appointment caused Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour to flinch.

Mansour was right to be worried, just as I now believe my high hopes were well-founded when Haley was confirmed.

On Thursday, after her first encounter with the U.N. Security Council, Haley told reporters that she had asked its members to help her understand "when we have so much going on in the world, why is it that every single month we're going to sit down and have a hearing where all they do is obsess over Israel."

Haley went on to describe the meeting, which she called "a bit strange," as exactly what it was: a forum for bashing the Jewish state.

"The discussion was not about Hezbollah's illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon," she said. "It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS [Islamic State]. It was not about how we hold [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East."

Asserting that the U.S. "will not turn a blind eye to this anymore," Haley underscored America's "ironclad support for Israel" and intolerance for the "U.N.'s anti-Israel bias."

She pointed out that, "incredibly, the U.N. Department of Political Affairs has an entire division devoted to Palestinian affairs," while it has "no division devoted to illegal missile launches from North Korea ... no division devoted to the world's number one state-sponsor of terror, Iran."

The double standards, she said, "are breathtaking," especially as "Israel exists in a region where others call for its complete destruction, and in a world where anti-Semitism is on the rise."

This ongoing stance at the U.N. "is long overdue for change," she said. "The United States will not hesitate to speak out against these biases in defense of our friend and ally, Israel."

If this was Haley's first hurrah, it won't take long for her to take her rightful place alongside, if not surpass the achievements of, a handful of predecessors whose marks were indelible.

Ruthie Blum is the managing editor of The Algemeiner.

February 21, 2017

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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) Sylvia Kimmel, February 24, 2017 6:26 PM

Brava!

Brava Ambassador Haley. Wonderful, detailed truth telling comments at last. Blessings on you for standing up to such a large collection of haters.

(6) Anonymous, February 24, 2017 12:25 AM

thank you Haley

She was awesome, spoke so beautifully
Thank you

(5) Anonymous, February 24, 2017 12:16 AM

A Breath of Fresh Air

Do those Democratic Left Liberal Jews, who voted for Hillary, really think that she would have appointed anyone close to Nikki Haley for US Ambassador to the UN?? Hardly. There would have been more enormous pressure on Israel to make concessions, as well as pushing the ridiculous two state solution, which will never happen. Not to mention one condemnation after another. For the first time, there is actually someone in the UN who is sticking up for Israel, and who will hopefully make the past years of condemnation by the Security Council, not to mention, the backstabbing of Israel by the US on January 15th by Obama seem like a bad dream. Haley is simply a breath of fresh air, in an otherwise very stale environment. I am hoping to see big improvements in the Security Council.

(4) NYgal, February 23, 2017 11:16 PM

She was magnificent

Yes, Nikki Haley was magnificent but let's not forget that her words represent the policies of Pres. Trump, who openly supports Israel.

(3) michael goldstein, February 23, 2017 4:32 PM

wow

What an intelligent and sincere speaker.
She conveys her ideas in a most confident way without raising her voice.
Cannot wait to see her when she really gets going at emotional UN meeetings.
Our politicians in Israel should take note how to get a message across without waving arms and screaming and still no one takes notice.
Honored to have such a true friend to Israel.
Wishing her much success in the years ahead.
Thank G-d for Nikki Haley

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