Watch: Nikki Haley Rips UN Security Council For Anti-Israel Bias

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Transcripts of remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley:

The first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It’s the first meeting like that that I’ve attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange. The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hizballah’s illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold 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. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.

I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias. We will never repeat the terrible mistake of Resolution 2334 and allow one-sided Security Council resolutions to condemn Israel. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face in the Middle East.

We stand for peace. We support a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is negotiated directly between the two parties, as President Trump reiterated in his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday. The outrageously biased resolutions from the Security Council and the General Assembly only make peace harder to attain by discouraging one of the parties from going to the negotiating table.

Incredibly, the UN Department of Political Affairs has an entire division devoted to Palestinian affairs. Imagine that. There is no division devoted to illegal missile launches from North Korea. There is no division devoted to the world’s number one state-sponsor of terror, Iran. The prejudiced approach to Israeli-Palestinian issues does the peace process no favors. And it bears no relationship to the reality of the world around us.

The double standards are breathtaking. Just a few days ago, the United States sought unsuccessfully to have the Security Council condemn a terrorist attack to Israel, where the terrorist opened fire on people waiting for a bus and then stabbed others. The Security Council would not hesitate to condemn an attack like that in any other country. But not for Israel. The statement was blocked. And that’s downright shameful.

Israel exists in a region where others call for its complete destruction and in a world where anti-Semitism is on the rise. These are threats that we should discuss at the United Nations as we continue working toward a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But outside of the UN, there is some good news. Israel’s place in the world is changing. Israel is building up new diplomatic relationships. More and more countries recognize how much Israel contributes to the world. They are recognizing that Israel is a beacon of stability in a troubled region, and that Israel is at the forefront of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological discovery.

It is the UN’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change. The United States will not hesitate to speak out against these biases in defense of our friend and ally, Israel.

I will say that I think we saw maybe a slightly different tone in the meeting, but we will have to see how it goes.

Thank you.



  1. Unbelievable. She could not have possibly stated it any better! Baruch Hashem, we are extremely lucky and grateful to have an administration who are finally saying things the way they are without mincing their words. Kol Hakavod.

  2. Excerpted from Yated Ne’eman; JANUARY 4, 2017:

    …Rav Pam then goes on to shed light on “the inexplicable hatred the nations of the world have for Jews and for Eretz Yisroel.” He sharply depicts the irrational support of the world at large for the so-called Palestinian cause, when “in the vast expanses of Saudi Arabia alone there is enough space” for them all. Rav Pam’s explanation for this phenomenon is, once again, that “Hashem is paving the way for the Final Redemption…so that Klal Yisroel’s exclusive debt of gratitude will only be to Him.”

    Now, for the most important and relevant part of Rav Pam’s exposition, he turns to the disreputable and often futile organization known as the United Nations. I will quote, unusually for this column, the full statement by Rav Pam because of its importance and pertinence: “This idea explains the purpose of the United Nations…in Hashem’s grand scheme to bring the world to its ultimate fulfillment. The U.N. accomplishes very little and is virtually powerless to enforce its proposals and resolutions. What is its purpose? Perhaps the answer is, as the Gemara (Avodah Zarah 2b) says, that when the End of Days arrive, all the nations of the world will come before Hashem and demand reward for all the good they had done for the Jewish nation. Each will describe how it built projects to make life easier for Klal Yisroel. Hashem will ‘seal their mouths’ and show them how everything they did was for their own benefit…with the thought of helping the Jewish nation the farthest from their true intentions.”

    Rav Pam now discovers a true role for the U.N. to play in the eschatology of Israel.

    “While the Gemara makes no mention of the U.N., it is safe to say that it will play a major role in refuting the claims of the nations of the world that they did things to help Klal Yisroel. The purpose of the U.N. in Hashem’s plan is to serve as a permanent unimpeachable record of the hatred of the nations for Am Yisroel. Every speech is recorded. The tallies of every anti-Israel vote and resolution are documented. All the fiery condemnations by the Arab, Soviet and Third World blocs and the deafening response of the total silence by the others will serve as clear, indisputable evidence of the true feelings of the world toward Israel and the Jews. What other purpose can there be for this ‘do-nothing organization?’ Its cynical biased behavior should not shock or depress us. It is merely the final step in Hashem’s plan to bring the geulah, following the prototype of Yetzias Mitzrayim. This realization should be of great consolation to us in trying to understand the happenings of our troubled times.”


    PS. Kudos to the Trump administration!

  3. As an American, I applaud her frankness and honesty. As a Jew, I appreciate her unequivocal support for our brethren. I wish President Trump would take a lesson from her manner of speech in that one can be soft-spoken without being any less firm or tough than one who shouts and yells.

  4. Let’s keep our eyes and hopes focused on Hashem while at the same time of course, we can and should show our appreciation for her rational comments. Only Hashem helps though and do not rely on humans…


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