Kudos to Nikki Haley. She obviously “gets” Israel. She also “gets” that the UN is singularly out to get Israel.
After attending her first Security Council regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues, she remarked that 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.
Haley is beginning to understand the diplomatic challenges Israel faces in an international community all but committed to its destruction. If the UN could roll back every agreement that gave legal provenance to Israel’s existence, starting with the Balfour Declaration, I think they would do it, but for the U.S.
And the U.S. wavered at the end of the Obama era with the cowardly abstention on Resolution 2334. Haley blasted the double-standard.
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.
Haley gets it.
But what I find ironic, and troubling, here is the main stream media’s reaction to Haley’s remarks. While CBS News published the remarks in full, they led with the headline “U.S. envoy Haley: U.S. supports 2-state Israel-Palestinian solution.” They focused on trying to create a gap between what Haley said and what President Trump said in a joint news conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
CBS mentioned “two-state” seven times in their article, based on Haley’s answer to a reporter’s question. CBS didn’t publish the question. Here’s Haley’s answer:
First of all, we absolutely support a two-state solution. Anyone who says the U.S. doesn’t support a two–state solution … that would be an error. We absolutely support a two-state solution, but we are thinking out of the box as well, which is: What does it take to bring these to sides to the table? What do we need to have them agree on? At the end of the day, the solution to what is going to bring peace in the Middle East is going to come from the Israelis and the Palestinian authorities. The U.S. is just there to support the process.
Sounds to me that Haley is absolutely in lock-step with her boss, Donald Trump. A one-state, solution, a two-state solution, either one is acceptable if they make a deal work. That’s Trump’s position.
What CBS wanted to hear is that the U.S. is committed to a two-state solution. Under previous administrations, that was the American position. Obviously it hasn’t worked. Now Trump’s position is to support either solution but be committed to neither, only to a peace deal. I think that’s a more reasonable policy.
Haley gets it, but the media doesn’t.