The United Nations Security Council learned a powerful lesson Monday night: you don’t cross the United States’ U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley if you want to maintain the structural integrity of your face.
In yesterday’s session, members of the Security Council introduced a petition meant to chastise the United States’ decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, and forbid, by international edict, the U.S. from moving its embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv. Fourteen of the 15 Security Council members, including several American allies, voted in favor of the resolution.
And then Nikki Haley got to speak.
Not only did she use the United States’ veto power, as a permanent Security Council member, to kill the measure, but she tore into the other members of the Council, eviscerating the blatant attempt to steal United States sovereignty, and calling the resolution an “insult” that “won’t soon be forgotten.”
.@USUN Ambassador Nikki Haley: Given the chance to vote again on Resolution 2234, I can say with complete confidence that the United States would vote no; we would exercise our veto power. pic.twitter.com/HZQ2YcjdVs
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 18, 2017
Haley opened her speech by saying, “Today, buried in diplomatic jargon, some presume to tell America where to put our embassy. The United States has a sovereign right to determine where and whether we establish an embassy.”
“I suspect very few member states would welcome security council pronouncements about their sovereign decisions. And I think of some who should fear it,” she continued.
“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us,” Haley finished, addressing Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ contention that the United States had destroyed hope of peace talks with its pronouncement. “It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”
“What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten. It’s one more example of the U.N. doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Unlike her predecessors, who served under Barack Obama, Haley has consistently taken no prisoners in United Nations negotiations and driven a hard line against the body’s continued nonsense on Middle East issues, and issues of international terrorism.
It’s working. And not just for her.