Hail Haley

Jewish Light Editorial

Clearly, the United States has installed a new sheriff at its mission to the United Nations: Ambassador Nikki Haley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina.

Not since Daniel Patrick Moynihan rose in 1975 to denounce the infamous General Assembly resolution that declared Zionism to be a form of racism has the United States stood taller than when Haley blasted the latest highly biased United Nations report that accused Israel of being an “apartheid state.”

The report was written by ex-U.N. official Richard Falk, who was denounced on repeated occasions by former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other world leaders. Falk has espoused 9/11 conspiracy theories, blaming the United States. and Israel for the Boston Marathon bombing and for spreading anti-Semitism.

The current U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, distanced himself from the inflammatory report, which was  deleted from a U.N. agency’s website. UN Watch, a nonprofit agency that keeps track of anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, welcomed last Friday’s resignation by Palestinian Rima Khalif from her post as head of a Beirut-based U.N. agency, made up of 18 Arab states, after what she described as “pressure” from Guterres towithdraw the biased screed against Israel.

Earlier last week, Haley demanded that the U.N. “withdraw the report altogether,” adding:

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“When someone issues a false and defamatory report in the name of the United Nations, it is appropriate that the person resign. U.N. agencies must do a better job of eliminating false and biased work, and I applaud the secretary-general’s decision to distance his good office from it.”

Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, praised Haley’s role in the situation, saying, “Guterres deserves credit for doing the right thing. But there is no question that the initial voice here was that of U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and that it was the U.S. leverage which prompted the U.N. to act.”

During her confirmation hearings, Haley made it clear that she would not sit idly by while a torrent of anti-Israel reports was issued by various arms of the world body. At those hearings, she reiterated U.S. continued support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  

Further, regarding the defamatory report, Haley said that no one should be surprised that “such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel.”

 Coming just weeks after the United States failed to veto an extremely harsh resolution against Israel at the Security Council, it is a refreshing and positive surprise that “Haley’s Comet” has struck a blow for fairness and against Israel-bashing at the United Nations.

 

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