U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Iran and its ally Hizbullah on Thursday of conspiring to destabilize the Middle East, saying, “For decades, they have committed terrorist acts across the region….Iran is using Hizbullah to advance its regional aspirations. They are working together to expand extremist ideologies in the Middle East. This is a threat that should be dominating our discussion at this Security Council.”
Haley got strong backing from Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon. “Where there is terror, where there is death, where there is complete disregard for human life, there is Iran,” Danon told the council.
Haley told the Council, “Regrettably, these monthly meetings routinely turn into Israel-bashing sessions….It’s a formula that is absurdly biased against one country….These meetings do nothing to bring the parties closer together. They actually work to push the two sides apart….Peace will only come from direct negotiations, not from one-sided Security Council meetings and one-sided resolutions.”
She added, “The Council ignores the pressing threats that are right in front of us….If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit: Iran and its partner militia, Hizbullah….The incredibly destructive nature of Iranian and Hizbullah activities throughout the Middle East demands much more of our attention.”