The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, bashed the UN on issues relating the ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine.
During her speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday, Haley accused the international organization of bullying Israel.
“At the UN and throughout the UN 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. “That just doesn’t sit well with me. The UN spends more than half of its time singling out one country,” she continued. “We will not stand for it any longer.”
Ambassador Haley’s comments come while the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on an official visit to Washington.
Netanyahu on Monday had a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House where Trump stated that he may visit Jerusalem in May in order to attend the opening ceremony of the recently moved U.S. embassy.
“We’re looking at coming. If I can, I will,” Trump said, adding that the embassy would be “built very quickly.”
President Trump announced last year that the U.S. is going to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which led to international criticism over the U.S. for recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital.
UN, together with the international community, has traditionally recognized Tel Aviv as the Israeli capital, while Jerusalem was still divided by the Palestinians and Israel as their long dispute over the city was still being negotiated. Palestinians also consider East Jerusalem as their capital.
According to The Hill, Haley has been one of the staunchest supporters of Trump’s decision to move the embassy.
“Jerusalem was, is and always will be Israel’s capital,” she said on Monday.