During an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Friday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley defended US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem: “The president and this administration remain committed to the peace process.”
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The United Nations Security Council convened Friday for an emergency meeting to discuss US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem.
“We still support a two-state solution, if agreed to by the parties,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said during her statement in response to the heavy criticism. “The president and this administration remain committed to the peace process.”
Haley concluded by criticizing the UN itself calling it one of the “world’s foremost centers of hostility toward Israel” that has done “much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them.”
“We will not be a party to that. The United States no longer stands by when Israel is unfairly attacked in the United Nations. And the United States will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both Israelis and Palestinians fairly.”
“The United States has credibility with both sides. Israel will never be, and should never be, bullied into an agreement by the United Nations, or by any collection of countries that have proven their disregard for Israel’s security.”
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon (Archives) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
At the end of the meeting, ambassadors of Sweden, France, Britain and Italy issued a joint statement denouncing the US decision saying the decision is “not in line with Security Council resolutions and was unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, who was invited to speak before the council, called Trump’s declaration “a courageous decision,” as he presented an ancient coin found under the Temple Mount dating back to the year 67 AD with the Hebrew words “Jerusalem the Holy” inscribed on it.
“The announcement on Wednesday revealed a sad truth about some people around the world. The people who threaten to ignite a wave of violence against Israel and Jews everywhere,” Danon said. “The people who claim they want peace, but whose actions speaker louder than their words.”