Nikki Haley is among few who are supporting Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in recognition of the holy city.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has accused the international body of repeatedly intimidating Israel. Haley was speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
“At the U.N. and throughout the U.N. agencies, Israel does get bullied. It gets bullied because the countries that don’t like Israel are used to being able to get away with it,” Haley said, The Hill reported. “That just doesn’t sit well with me.”
“The U.N. spends more than half of its time singling out one country,” she said. “We will not stand for it any longer.”
The ambassador’s comments come at a time when Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on a five-day visit to the US. President Donald Trump met the Israeli premier on Monday and announced that he may attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in May.
“We’re looking at coming. If I can, I will,” Trump said. “But I’ll be there again. Israel is very special to me. Special country. Special people. And I look forward to being there, and I’m very proud of that decision.”
The president also stressed that the embassy will be built on priority. “We’ll have it built very quickly. A lot of people wouldn’t be doing it quickly like that. But we’re going to have it built very quickly and very inexpensively.”
Amidst uproar from several quarters, Haley is among few people who are supporting Trump’s decision to recognize the holy city and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem was, is and always will be Israel’s capital,” Haley said on Monday, Haaretz reported. Haley said that “this was not created by the location of an embassy. America did not make Jerusalem Israel’s capital. What President Trump did, to his great credit, was recognize a reality that American presidents had denied for too long.”