Don’t try to talk about U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley behind her back, then not expect to get called out, at some point.
Back in January, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and a Palestinian negotiator named Saeb Erekat spoke at the United Nations. It was Erekat that made the fatal remark.
Erekat said Haley “needs to shut up and realize the Palestinian leadership is not the problem.”
Well, they are, but besides that… ouch. Bad idea.
Appearing before the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, Haley responded.
“We welcome you as the leader of the Palestinian people here today,” Haley said of Abbas. “But I will decline the advice I was recently given by your top negotiator, Saeb Erekat. I will not shut up. Rather, I will respectfully speak some hard truths.
“The Palestinian leadership has a choice to make between two different paths. There is the path of absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence. That path has led, and will continue to lead, to nothing but hardship for the Palestinian people.”
You’re operating under the belief that Palestinian leadership actually cares more for their people than they hate Jews.
While reminding them of a successful path to peace between Jordan and Egypt, Haley added:
“That path remains open to the Palestinian leadership, if only it is courageous enough to take it,” she said.
They won’t. They’re not.
She also called out the U.N. for their own part in exacerbating tensions in the region, and she was right to do that, as well. The U.N. is nothing but a den of anti-Semitic vipers.
No, seriously. Don’t they have more pressing concerns?
“These immense security and humanitarian challenges throughout the region should occupy more of our attention, rather than having us sit here, month after month, and use the most democratic country in the Middle East as a scapegoat for the region’s problems. But here we go again,” Haley said.
And as for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it’s the right thing to do, although I doubt we see it happen during Trump’s administration. Still, she didn’t let the opportunity to remind them of that issue, as well.
“You don’t have to like that decision. You don’t have to praise it. You don’t even have to accept this,” she said. “But know this: That decision will not change.”
Now let’s actually make it happen.