Haley to UN: focus on ‘destructive nature’ of Iran and Hezbollah, not on Israel


(JNS.org) At a United Nations Security Council meeting Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the world body should focus more attention on the “incredibly destructive nature” of Iran and Hezbollah, and less on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses reporters April 3, 2017. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten.

“The Israel-Palestinian issue is an important one, deserving of attention. But that is one issue that surely has no lack of attention around here,” said Haley, who is serving in the Security Council’s rotating presidency this month.

“The incredibly destructive nature of Iranian and Hezbollah activities throughout the Middle East demands much more of our attention,” she said. “It should become this council’s priority in the region.”

The U.S. envoy’s comments were seemingly ignored by the Security Council’s other permanent members. In their remarks, France, Russia and China made no mention of Iran and instead emphasized the importance of an Israeli-Palestinian deal to bringing regional peace.

Iranian ambassador to the U.N. Gholamali Khoshroo, meanwhile, accused the U.S. of waging a “misleading propaganda campaign” against the Islamic Republic.

“The U.S. and the Israeli regime want to remove the Palestinian issue—that is central to all conflicts in the Middle East—from these open debates,” said Khoshroo.

“By blaming all others but the occupier,” he said, using the Palestinian narrative’s characterization of Israel, “the U.S. seeks to erase the question, rather than addressing it.”

Posted on April 21, 2017 .