Nikki Haley walking out as Palestine's envoy to the UN begins to speak pretty much summarizes the US stance towards the Palestinians. pic.twitter.com/3GJJM48ewK— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 15, 2018
This show of defiance against terrorist nations is a strong move by the Ambassador and one a strong America should be applauded for doing.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made quite the statement on the Middle East at Tuesday's Security Council meeting - and it had nothing to do with her speech. After the ambassador had finished condemning Hamas for the violence on the Gaza-Israel border this week and Palestinian Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour instead began condemning Israeli forces, she got up and left.
Violence erupted in Gaza this week as the new U.S. embassy in Israel opened in Jerusalem. Several top U.S. officials were there for the ceremony, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. President Trump recorded a video address for the occasion, reiterating the U.S.'s hope for peace in the region. In his own remarks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for his courage and his friendship.
Thousands of Palestinians, however, responded by rioting near the Gaza border, some armed with firebombs and other explosive devices. Israeli Defense Forces, who had warned the Palestinians not to approach the border, killed over 50 of those individuals and wounded over 2,000 others. A group of U.S. Democratic lawmakers and nations like France responded by demanding Israel show more restraint. In his UN remarks, the Palestinian ambassador said "Israel occupation forces" were to blame for the "massacre" at the border. Haley disagreed with all of them, noting that Israel showed just the right amount of restraint.