No Top Position At UN For Palestinians, Says US Envoy

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley waves to the crowd before she speaks at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference held at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley waves to the crowd before she speaks at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference held at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)

According the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley, the Donald Trump Administration will not allow any Palestinians to hold high office at the UN until the Palestinian Authority cooperates in peace talks with Israel. Haley made the declaration on Monday, while addressing the annual Policy Conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Washington recently blocked the appointment of Salam Fayyad — the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister from 2007 to 2013 — to lead the UN political mission in Libya. Haley accused the UN of being “unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel.”

She also added that the Trump Administration was not pleased with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ decision to appoint Fayyad as upcoming UN special representative to Libya. She used this appointment as reference for U.S. opposition to Palestinian officials being given top posts in the UN. “So when they [UN] decided to try and put a Palestinian [Fayyad] in one of the highest positions that had ever been given at the UN, we said no, and we had him booted out. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a nice man. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t good to America,” Haley explained to AIPAC. “What it means is until the Palestinian Authority comes to the table, until the UN responds the way they’re supposed to, there are no freebies for the Palestinian Authority anymore,” she added.

The envoy firmly stated that the U.S. would not allow “Israel-bashing” at the UN. “I wanted to let them know that, look, that happened but it will never happen again. The days of Israel-bashing are over.” Peace talks to settle the Israel-Palestine conflict have been hampered on several occasions. Last month, Trump said the two-state solution was not the only way to resolve the conflict.


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