US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley called on the Security Council to steer away from the “biased discussions” on the Middle East focused solely on Israel and to touch on the real threat, namely Iran.
In remarks made during the UNSC monthly discussion on the Middle East on Thursday, Haley said that the UNSC convenes every month to discuss the Middle East, but “regrettably, these monthly meetings routinely turn into Israel-bashing sessions. That’s the way this Security Council has operated for years. It’s a formula that is absurdly biased against one country. It’s a formula that is painfully narrow in its description of the conflicts in the region. And it’s a formula that does nothing to help find solutions.”
While the sessions do no good and present no solutions, they actually cause damage because they work to push Israel and the Palestinians apart.
She stated it was the US’ belief that “peace will only come from direct negotiations, not from one-sided Security Council meetings and one-sided resolutions.”
Furthermore, the biased discussions on the Middle East also exact a real cost because they fail to address the real threats evolving and refrain from addressing the real factors that cause conflict across the region.
Haley has previously stated her shock at the anti-Israel biased nature of the UNSC’s discussion on the Middle East, and appeared to offer a plan to rectify the situation.
“By breaking out of old, familiar, counterproductive patterns, we might actually achieve something valuable,” she offered.
She then pointed to the main threat emanating from the region – Iran and its proxy terror groups.
“If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit: Iran and its partner militia, Hezbollah,” she stated. “Iran and Hezbollah conspire together to destabilize the Middle East, and their actions are expanding.”