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Palestinians won’t get a peace deal till Abbas goes — Nikki Haley

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Nikki Haley left the US ambassadorship to the United Nations four months ago and has a book coming out in the fall. But she surely has political ambitions, as she made time for two pro Israel groups in recent weeks.

The highlights: “Sheldon and Miriam are national treasures.” Israel is a “bastion of human rights.”

The Obama administration “led” the move to pass a UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements in December 2016, lobbying other countries that didn’t want to do it, till their ambassadors were “uncomfortable”; and the administration has falsely claimed that it was passive. “It was the United States’s saddest hour.” When the resolution passed, 14-0, with the U.S. abstaining, poor little Danny Danon, the Israeli ambassador, looked abandoned, and so he was the first person Haley sought out when she took office a few weeks later, to assure him that the U.S. would never leave him out to dry again.

The Iran deal was a product of European ego. The Houthis in Yemen are like Hamas, threatening Saudi Arabia as Hamas threatens Israel — so implicitly, any action against them is OK.

And she gave this hint about the peace plan. There will be a peace deal only when Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is gone, she told the UN Watch gala in Canada on April 10.

I’m going to speak from the truthful side of me. I pray for a peace deal… I pray for the fact that all of this just finds its own place… The U.S. doesn’t need to do this, but we do need to bring them to the table. As long as Abbas is there, it’s never going to happen. It’s just never going to happen. And as long as the Arab countries continue to appease him and make him think he has the right to do this and say these things, it’s not going to happen.

This is in line with the French ambassador’s statement that the peace plan calls for Palestinian surrender. Haley went on, that Palestinians must accept that Jerusalem is Jewish. Even if the world doesn’t agree.

The rest of the world can’t hide what we know is fact. But more importantly, the Palestinians need to acknowledge the fact that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem. And the Arab countries around that needed to acknowledge, Quit making the Palestinians think otherwise. And acknowledge what we know is true… Even if I was standing alone, I knew I was standing for what is right.

Haley went first to meet Danon at the U.N. because the Obama administration “went against Israel at a time that Israel needed the U.S.”

It was terrible. But what was worse was that after I had done some asking of ambassadors– the U.S. led that resolution. Other countries didn’t want to do it, and the U.S. led that. So I was going into the U.N. with so much disappointment. And then when I met with Ambassador Danon, to hear what he went through…

And he was there, and everybody voted against Israel. And your one true ally, the one that’s always supposed to be there for you, abstained! That wasn’t hurtful enough! But every one on the Council and everyone in the audience stood up and applauded. And Danny is just sitting there. I was just– it was the United States’s saddest hour. I told him, I want you to know right here and right now, that will never happen again under my watch. We will never allow that to happen…

But it’s a reminder again, Don’t ever look away, don’t ever let your guard down… Because it only takes one time to set everything back. And I think that Israel has earned a right to stand on its own, Israel has earned the right to call people out, and Israel has earned the right because it is a good strong country that I truly look at as a beacon of light in a neighborhood that has a lot of problems.

Hillel Neuer of UN Watch says that the Obama administration “insisted” that it was passive on the Security Council resolution. It came, so they acted. Haley says that’s a lie:

That’s not true. It’s not true. I mean literally and they know it’s not true. I don’t think they can deny it. There’s too many witnesses. Literally you can go to too many ambassadors and they will tell you, It was uncomfortable. Some of them did not want to go through with it. I don’t know what that was about, I don’t know about the motive. I don’t know why that happened.

She said the vote hurt the U.S.

For representing the United States– if you don’t have the backs of your friends why would anyone trust you… This was even worse for the United States… We have plenty of enemies… The last thing we need is to go against one of our own. And Israel is one of our own.

This 2016 video shows the Security Council applause after the vote. No one is standing up. Former US Ambassador Samantha Power does not applaud.

Haley said the Houthi movement in Yemen — which is being bombed by the Saudis with American assistance — is just like Hamas in Palestine.

The Arab countries… were saying, “I don’t know why no one calls out the Houthis, I don’t know why they acknowledge them, they’re not a real group, all they do is cause these terrorist activities.” And [I said] I’m sorry, I know we’re talking about Yemen. But everything you’ve just explained about Yemen is what Hamas is doing to Israel! It’s the exact same story… After that they took me to the side and said, We know you’re right..

Then why don’t you condemn Hamas publicly, she asked. “We do it for our constituencies. We have to do it to show we’re doing something” for the Palestinians.

Haley had never been to Israel when she arrived at the U.N. in 2017, but she knew the story: the Security Council’s monthly session on the Middle East was unfair.

I really had no experiences with Israel. I had never been to Israel… I knew the historical things, but I didn’t know a lot about the people of Israel. But what I saw in that Council reminded me of what it felt like to be bullied when I was a kid, and I have no patience for bullies… It was abusive behavior. They were kicking Israel just because. They didn’t even have the facts to do it. It was like fun for them. And for me it was disgusting… This is one thing we’re not going to do. We’re not going to have these Israel-bashing sessions.

People have to start telling the truth about Israel. They’re thinking it, just not saying it.

Most countries are secretly envious of Israel.

I think that After the ’67 war a lot of the Middle East and the Arab countries realized you can’t beat Israel, they’re too tough. They couldn’t beat ’em that way so they said, let’s do it diplomatically. …

If you actually go into the quiet corners of the UN most countries don’t hate Israel. They really don’t. Most countries envy Israel, most countries think Israel is valuable… [but] those Arab countries continue to put pressure on them.

European countries know that Iran is a bad actor. But they signed the Iran Deal as a matter of ego.

They were all so proud that they had gotten together and got this deal.. The Europeans, their egoes were so big they just couldn’t face the fact that maybe the coalition, including the United States, made a mistake. And clearly that’s what happened. They were tiptoeing around Iran.

As it’s falling apart you will start to see the EU calling out Iran again. This was all in the name of saving the deal.. The idea was this was a bad deal, it was bad for the world, it was good for Iran… and I think the Europeans will come around.

In March, Haley spoke at the Israeli American Council in Las Vegas. She frothed over Republican Party donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.

Sheldon and Miriam are national treasures. Their generosity and passion for good causes in the U.S. and Israel is admired so many… Please let Sheldon know we miss him.

Israel is a “bastion” of human rights. On leaving the UN Human Rights Council in 2018:

You’re going to tell me that Israel, a bastion for human rights in the Middle East, should be condemned ten times more often than Syria. Well that sums up the UN Human Rights Council!… A large part of our strength comes from our values. The rest of the world looks to America as being the moral compass in the world… We make that organization respectful. When we choose not to take part, we send a powerful message.

On the UN Security Council and the Palestinian right of return.

They also promote the so called right of return, knowing it would completely destroy Israel.

The Embassy move did not hurt anyone. Many people said it would cause unrest. They were “wrong.”

This was a courageous and right decision but it did not come without criticism… within the administration itself … [from the] Defense and State Department and Intelligence agencies. [They said there’d be] massive protest and violence throughout the Arab world… That’s what the bureaucracy always says…

Change will never happen if we base our decision on fear. Guess what, the sky didn’t fall, it’s still up there. And life went on… It did create quite a stir in the United Nations.

So much for thousands of protesters wounded by live fire at the Gaza border, and 260 killed — demonstrations that were a response in part to Jerusalem.

There won’t be peace till everyone recognizes Jerusalem.

When the world recognizes those realities then peace will become possible… then all sides will be dealing with realities, not fantasies.

 

 

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson on April 25, 2019, 12:00 pm

    RE: “And [I said] I’m sorry, I know we’re talking about Yemen. But everything you’ve just explained about Yemen is what Hamas is doing to Israel! It’s the exact same story…” ~ Haley

    SEE: “How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas”, By Andrew Higgins, The Wall Street Journal, 01/24/09

    [EXCERPTS] Surveying the wreckage of a neighbor’s bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile’s trajectory back to an “enormous, stupid mistake” made 30 years ago.

    “Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel’s destruction.

    Instead of trying to curb Gaza’s Islamists from the outset, says Mr. Cohen, Israel for years tolerated and, in some cases, encouraged them as a counterweight to the secular nationalists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its dominant faction, Yasser Arafat’s Fatah. . .

    . . . When Israel first encountered Islamists in Gaza in the 1970s and ’80s, they seemed focused on studying the Quran, not on confrontation with Israel. The Israeli government officially recognized a precursor to Hamas called Mujama Al-Islamiya, registering the group as a charity. It allowed Mujama members to set up an Islamic university and build mosques, clubs and schools. Crucially, Israel often stood aside when the Islamists and their secular left-wing Palestinian rivals battled, sometimes violently, for influence in both Gaza and the West Bank.

    “When I look back at the chain of events I think we made a mistake,” says David Hacham, who worked in Gaza in the late 1980s and early ’90s as an Arab-affairs expert in the Israeli military. “But at the time nobody thought about the possible results.” . . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123275572295011847.html

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso on April 26, 2019, 2:27 pm

      JLewisDickerson, et. al.

      Just in. Another BDS victory for the Palestinians:

      https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-judge-strikes-down-texas-anti-bds-law

      “US judge strikes down Texas anti-BDS law”

      “Federal judge says law violates country’s freedom of speech, which is protected under first amendment” Middle East Eye, April 26/19

      “A US federal judge has struck down a controversial Texas anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) law, saying it violates freedom of speech under the country’s first amendment of the constitution.

      “The judge, Robert Pitman, delivered an injunction to strike down Texas’ law late on Thursday, saying in his opinion that it forces ‘public debate through coercion rather than persuasion.’

      “The law ran into legal trouble when Bahia Amawi, a speech pathologist, was not allowed to sign a contract extension with Pflugerville independent school district – a public school district near the state’s capital Austin – unless she pledged to not boycott Israel.

      “Amawi, along with the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), sued the state to get the law overturned.

      “This is a complete victory of the First Amendment against Texas’s attempts to suppress speech in support of Palestine,” said Gadeir Abbas, one of CAIR’s attorneys.

      “’The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today welcomed this afternoon’s landmark victory in CAIR’s First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of Bahia Amawi,’ CAIR said in a statement shortly after the ruling.

      “’Every single ‘No Boycott of Israel’ clause in every single state contract in Texas has today been stricken as unconstitutional. ‘The Attorney General of Texas is no longer permitted to include or enforce ‘No Boycott of Israel’ clauses in any state contract,” the statement added.

      “According to the statement, Amawi was driving when she heard the news.
      “She pulled over to side of the road and said: ‘God is great.’

      “’Arabic-speaking schoolchildren in Texas have been deprived of critical services from Bahia Amawi for almost this entire school year because of this unconstitutional law,’ said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri. CAIR-Austin’s Executive Director Maira Sheikh said: ‘Bahia Amawi has been an inspiration to the Muslim community and all advocates for free speech in Texas.’

      “Texas’s law is known as the Anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions law (Anti-BDS).
      Passed and signed into law in May 2017, it was touted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. ‘I am proud to have commemorated Israel’s Independence Day by signing into law Anti-BDS legislation in Texas,’ Abbott said in a news release.

      “’As Israel’s number one trading partner in the United States, Texas is proud to reaffirm its support for the people of Israel and we will continue to build on our historic partnership. Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally,’ he added.

      “CAIR’s statement said it is challenging similar laws in the US states Maryland and Arizona.”

  2. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw on April 25, 2019, 12:22 pm

    N Haley. .“Israel is a “bastion” of human rights”. And “A large part of our strength comes from our values. The rest of the world looks to America as being the moral compass in the world”
    P Weiss… “So much for thousands of protesters wounded by live fire at the Gaza border, and 260 killed — demonstrations”
    Haley is a disgusting human being and a liar she is clambering over the dead in order to advance her career.

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on April 25, 2019, 6:03 pm

      She is. Is she stupid, ignorant, or pandering to the Zionists? Bastion of human rights? That is stretching it too far.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso on April 26, 2019, 10:33 am

      @Harry Law, et al

      “The highlights: ‘Sheldon and Miriam are national treasures.’ Israel is a ‘bastion of human rights.'”

      Given her constant kowtowing to and praise for “Israel” while America’s U.N. ambassador, when Nikki Hayley resigned the position, it became obvious that she had plans to climb the Zionist ladder. Hence, her subsequent cozying up to multi-billionaire, ultra-Zionist, Sheldon Adelson and his wife.

      Hayley is a despicable, self-serving, ambitious con artist devoid of morality and her prime motive for jumping in bed with Sheldon and Miriam is to follow in the steps of Donald Trump, and gain access to their $billions to promote her political career.

      As for Hayley’s inane, easily disproven assertion that “Israel” is “a bastion of human rights,” it is beneath contempt.

      A reminder:
      Sheldon Adelson, Hayley’s probable “sugar daddy” is the largest private financial contributor to Trump and the Republicans. He has actually called for the U.S to attack Iran “with an atomic bomb.” To state the obvious, the consequences would be monstrous and catastrophic for the region and the world.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=6sCW4IasWXc
      Short video, Oct. 25, 2013, discussion between rabid Zionists, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Sheldon Adelson.
      Adelson declares – “Attack Iran with an atomic bomb”

  3. eljay
    eljay on April 25, 2019, 12:34 pm

    When the world recognizes those realities then peace will become possible… then all sides will be dealing with realities, not fantasies.

    It’s true: When the world recognizes that…
    – that geographic Palestine is not the ancient, historic, eternal or one true homeland of people all over the world – citizens of homelands all over the world – who have chosen to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish;
    – the religion-based identity of Jewish does not comprise a right to be a supremacist or to have a supremacist state; and
    – Israel is an unapologetically colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state that has been flouting international law and committing human rights abuses deliberately and with impunity since its inception,
    …then all sides will be dealing with realities, not fantasies.

  4. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw on April 25, 2019, 1:24 pm

    Israel commits atrocities on a daily basis, this short passage on ‘Notes on Nationalism’ by George Orwell sums up Haley’s blind eye on those atrocities…
    “Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage – torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians – which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. The Liberal News Chronicle published, as an example of shocking barbarity, photographs of Russians hanged by the Germans, and then a year or two later published with warm approval almost exactly similar photographs of Germans hanged by the Russians.[5] It is the same with historical events. History is thought of largely in nationalist terms, and such things as the Inquisition, the tortures of the Star Chamber, the exploits of the English buccaneers (Sir Francis Drake, for instance, who was given to sinking Spanish prisoners alive), the Reign of Terror, the heroes of the Mutiny blowing hundreds of Indians from the guns, or Cromwell’s soldiers slashing Irishwomen’s faces with razors, become morally neutral or even meritorious when it is felt that they were done in the ‘right’ cause. If one looks back over the past quarter of a century, one finds that there was hardly a single year when atrocity stories were not being reported from some part of the world: and yet in not one single case were these atrocities – in Spain, Russia, China, Hungary, Mexico, Amritsar, Smyrna – believed in and disapproved of by the English intelligentsia as a whole. Whether such deeds were reprehensible, or even whether they happened, was always decided according to political predilection.
    The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”
    https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/essays-and-other-works/notes-on-nationalism/

  5. Kay24
    Kay24 on April 25, 2019, 1:43 pm

    She should have added that there will never be a peace deal as long as Netanyahu is in power, and they Israeli people made sure he stays there. Why blame only Abbas?

    She is sucking up to the zionists, shamelessly.

  6. edwin
    edwin on April 25, 2019, 3:23 pm

    I haven’t been keeping track, but isn’t the Palestinian leader always an obstacle to peace and peace can only happen when he is gone?

    • RoHa
      RoHa on April 25, 2019, 9:45 pm

      Quite right. This will continue as long as there are Palestinian leaders.

      Of course, if the Palestinians decide not to have a leader, the Israelis will say there is no-one to negotiate peace with, so peace is impossible.

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico on April 26, 2019, 4:12 am

      > edwin

      isn’t the Palestinian leader always an obstacle to peace

      The Palestinian leaders are an “obstacle” until they have a bomb go off in their car, get poisoned, have a one ton bomb fall on their house, or a missile zeroes in on their cell phone.

      All true, as far as it goes.
      The greater truth is that it is not only the Palestinian leaders who are obstacles to (Zionist) peace, it is the entire Palestinian nation which is an obstacle to (Zionist) peace. Israelis are working on this larger problem, aided and abetted by American arms and cheered on by this clueless b*tch.

  7. Brewer
    Brewer on April 25, 2019, 8:26 pm

    There will not be resolution to the problem until we get a Palestinian leader who speaks for the Israeli people.

  8. RoHa
    RoHa on April 25, 2019, 9:54 pm

    “The rest of the world looks to America as being the moral compass in the world…”

    and yet

    “We [the US] have plenty of enemies…”

    This person is completely detached from reality.

      • HarryLaw
        HarryLaw on April 26, 2019, 6:15 am

        That speech by Putin was wonderful but it misses the entire point. The US is the exceptional nation, the indispensable nation and shining city on a hill, just because the rest of the world does not agree, does not make it not so /s . Anyway the NYT and Washington Post probably did not report Putin’s speech so therefore it must have been of no consequence. They would certainly not have reported Sec of State Mike Pompeo’s speech recently when he said …”In terms of how I think about problems, when I was a Cadet what was the Cadet motto at West Point, you will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do? I was the CIA director we lied, we cheated and we sneak on stole and like we had with entire training courses, it reminds you of the glory of the American experiment”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sefzSi8rNE
        ROHa you need to be extradited to the US so that Mr Mueller can probe you.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on April 27, 2019, 2:51 am

        @HarryLaw.

        It would make a change from the aliens.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer on April 26, 2019, 8:41 am

      Out of touch in many ways.

      Maybe it could be argued a number of ways but when I look back at points in history when major issues and human rights gains (whether it be slavery, womens rights which have several different high points including being considered a person in their own right, voting, right to control their own bodies) the US may be ahead of many countries but it has not been a leader but a follower. Women are still fighting for the right to control their own bodies and with all the backwards legislation attempting to deny that right by fair means or foul it could be argued that they still do not have that right in the US. It is undeniably under heavy attack on both the state and federal level.

  9. wondering jew
    wondering jew on April 25, 2019, 11:41 pm

    The two state solution still beckons, so when Haley explains what that solution will look like most realists scoff. The idea that the Palestinians will accept statehood without the Haram el Sharif is farfetched. A Jerusalem guarded by a combined militia comprised of troops from both Israelis and Palestinians is one possibility, but otherwise the path of a Palestinian from Hebron reaching the Temple Mount must not have him being interfered with by an Israeli soldier and that’s that. The theory that the Palestinians are so hard up that they will accept such an offer is the stuff of fantasies.
    But most likely is annexation of more of the west bank and with that the demand from dissidents that the annexation needs to be complete and be accompanied by an offer of citizenship. I doubt that Bibi will annex anything on the west bank before november of 2020 to clarify American backing, unless he leaves office before that november and needs some parting gesture before being forced from office. but it seems clear that he will continue to serve even under indictment and prosecution and only sentencing will remove him from office.

  10. Ossinev
    Ossinev on April 26, 2019, 7:30 am

    Poor diddums Danon. I hope she gave him a cuddle.Not that he needs one:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/01/israel-un-ambassador-danny-danon-palestine-netanyahu

    I think this creature is a Category A airbrain. In normal political circles and in non sycophantic debating forums she would be ripped to shreds and definitely in need of a cuddle from fellow airbrain Trump.But then again given his record with stormy females? And he is it must always be remembered getting on for 73 yrs old. Perhaps to further her “ambitions” she should seek an alliance with a younger fellow traveller such as the cuddly Stephen Miller.

  11. Kay24
    Kay24 on April 27, 2019, 5:43 am

    I wish someone had asked her why Netanyahu ran saying there will never be a 2 state solution under his leadership. Does that show his eagerness to end the occupation and have peace for his people?

  12. Steve Macklevore
    Steve Macklevore on April 27, 2019, 2:38 pm

    It’s always impossible to know with people like Nikki Haley whether they:

    1) Know the truth and cynically lie for their own purposes.

    2) Are hopelessly naive and actually believes what they say.

    3) Believe some combination of the two; “I know Israel is good, so telling lies about it is justified.”

    • Tuyzentfloot
      Tuyzentfloot on April 28, 2019, 4:50 am

      I take it as a rule that people generally believing much of what they claim, and therefore their lies are much smaller than we think.

      In terms of government propaganda there is no central ‘cleanroom’ which oversees generation of dirt and where the dirt doesn’t get in. Even the most cynical CIA chief priding himself on large propaganda efforts doesn’t realize how much he himself believes in is just as bad.
      I’ve been reading about the Integrity Initiative recently, an antirussian information warfare project. Their founder Chris Donnelly is deeply antirussian alright.

  13. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb on April 27, 2019, 2:51 pm

    The way I see it, Palestinians will never get a peace plan for as long as israel is run by extreme right wing governments.

  14. Marnie
    Marnie on April 28, 2019, 12:43 am

    The palestinians will never have peace as long as the united states is involved in the process. They have proven again and again that their interests are only to continue to support the apartheid zionist state and nothing more.

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