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The Stronger We Make Israel, The Safer We Make The World

JNN News, June 30, 2019

Former USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley discussed the USA diplomatic efforts in the Middle East at the Israel Hayom Forum for USA-Israel Relations held in Jerusalem late last week. Interviewed by Dr. Miriam Adelson, Haley said that her approach as UN ambassador of “kicking” anyone she saw doing the wrong thing “was the only approach we could use. You had a situation where there was this organization of 193 countries that were anti-American and anti-Israel, continuing to give us a hard time, but had their hand out for aid. I didn't want to just be another ambassador. I felt the American people deserved that,” said Haley, who added that she would not do anything differently because “the truth needed to be said, without any apology.” Addressing the USA-led conference in Bahrain last week which the Palestinian Authority boycotted, the former ambassador said that she has seen the USA peace plan which she described as “well thought out, detailed, doable. It does things that would improve the lives of the Palestinians, but would not compromise the security of Israel. We're not going to beg the Palestinians to come to the peace table, but it says a lot about the PA that they wouldn't want better for their own people. The Palestinians deserve better. I think the Arab community will see over time that they can't continue to babysit the Palestinians” added Haley.

Asked what Israel should do if the Palestinians insist on rejecting the peace deal, Haley replied, “I think we should see how the peace plan plays out. We have to see where the Palestinians are, this is a moment of truth for them. Do they want to continue living the way they are living, or see what opportunity could look like?” Israel is mistreated and singled out at the UN, argued Haley, because “Arab countries realized after 1967 that they'd never defeat Israel. They did all they could, which was to go after Israel in the UN. Because of their wealth, the oil, they went to all the little countries and said, you need to vote with us. Behind closed doors, a lot of those ambassadors respect Israel. Israel is the one bright spot in a really rough neighborhood. The better and stronger we make Israel, the safer we make the world.” (Arutz-7)

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