Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, unleashed Tuesday on the “pathetic” international body’s “abusive” treatment of Israel.
Haley, who announced over the summer that the U.S. would be pulling out of the U.N. Human Rights Council, spoke openly about the group’s “bias against Israel” in an interview with Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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“When I saw, literally, how abusive all of those countries were being to Israel in a way that was pathetic,” she explained, “really, I had no choice but to get up and say, ‘This is completely wrong.’”
Haley went on to argue the U.N. is not unlike a defenseless child facing a group of schoolyard bullies who think piling unto one poor kid somehow makes them stronger.
“I wasn’t gonna stand for that,” she said. “And so I came out and said, ‘We are not going to condone this anti-Israel bias.’ We started to make sure that the ‘Israel bashing sessions,’ as I call them, that they have once a month, we now try and talk about — they’re supposed to be sessions on the Middle East, not sessions on Israel.”
.@USUN Ambassador Nikki Haley on anti-Israel bias at the @UN: When I saw how abusive all of these countries were being against #Israel, I had no choice but to get up and say this is completely wrong. We are not going to condone this anti-Israel bias. #FDDSummit pic.twitter.com/oKsLWpfzyv
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 28, 2018
As a result of her no-holds-barred approach to attacks on the Jewish state, Haley said, no one attacks Israel. She told Day other people are “scared to say anything negative about Israel because they don’t want me to yell at them.”
In late July, Haley described the U.N. Human Rights Council as “a farce.”
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“What we’ve said is you’ve got serious human rights abuses, whether it’s in Venezuela, whether it’s in Iran where they are protesting their regime, whether it’s in Nicaragua, and they’re doing nothing about it,” she explained.
Haley also rebuked the U.N. a couple months earlier, in May, for its “double standards” against Israel, noting the international organization’s legitimization of the terrorist group Hamas.