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Haley: US will think twice before funding UN if it votes against Jerusalem recognitionNikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, said her country has a 'legitimate' expectation that its financial contributions to the UN are 'respected,' saying the US will remember being singled out over its Jerusalem decision.
Watch: Haley's fiery speech before the UN General Assembly
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Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, just before it voted on a resolution to reject the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, US envoy Nikki Haley slammed the UN for its "hostility" towards Israel and implied, once again, that the US may choose to decrease its funding of the UN if it continues to "disrespect" it.
"To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the State of Israel," Haley said. "I've often wondered why, in the face of such hostility, Israel has chosen to remain a member of this body."
"The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the UN and its agencies," she continued. "We do this because it represents who we are. It is our American way. But we'll be honest with you. When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected."
"When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected," Haley said. "What's more, that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected. In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege."
Haley stressed that the US has "an obligation to demand more for our investment, and if our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our resources in more productive ways."
Finally, Haley clarified that the UN vote will not change the US decision regarding Jerusalem. "America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do," she concluded. "No vote in the UN will make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN."
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