Asked about the nasty U.N. resolution 2344 that targeted not only Israeli settlements but the very claim of Jews to the holiest place in Judaism, the Temple Mount, Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, came out firing against the resolution, asserting, “When we basically abstained from 2334 we made Israel more vulnerable; we made America more vulnerable in that we don’t stand by our allies.”
New Mexico Democratic Senator Tom Udall, determined to push Haley into a corner and force her to condemn Israeli settlements, asked, “Are the settlements that break up the possibility of a future contiguous Palestinian state harmful to achieving a two-state solution in your opinion?”
Haley minced no words about the resolution:
I think that what was very harmful to achieving the two-state solution is Resolution 2344 because the whole goal has been to have Israel and the Palestinian Authority at the table talking. That should be the role of the United Nations; and as we go forward is to support that. When we basically abstained from 2334 we made Israel more vulnerable; we made America more vulnerable in that we don’t stand by our allies. We need the two bodies to resolve this themselves, that is what has always taken place, and I think it is dangerous when the U.N. starts to tell two different bodies what should and shouldn’t happen.
Udall persisted, “Are you committed on settlements to the bipartisan policy that has stood for over 50 years in this country, the U.N. and the bipartisan policy our country has taken on settlements?
Haley fired back, “I do understand the issue on settlements. I will continue to. I do understand how they think this could hinder peace, but at the same time, I will always stand with Israel and make sure they know that we are an ally and the rest of the world knows that we are an ally.”
Udall repeated, “Are you going to stand with the bipartisan policy that not only this administration but every administration since President Johnson has supported on the expansion of the settlements?”
“I think it is dangerous when the U.N. starts to tell two different bodies what should and shouldn’t happen.”
Haley shot back:
I want to clarify because I don’t want there to be any gray on this. What I think that happened in 2344 was a kick in the gut to everyone. We can think what we want to think on settlements but you have to go back to the fact that the U.S. abstention when that has not happened since 2011 at all against Israel was wrong. And I think the fact that we have not allowed the Palestinian Authority and Israel to resolve this themselves is wrong, and I think for the U.N. to have inserted themselves into that I believe is wrong. I want to make sure that I am clear on the record to say what I think about Resolution 2344.